Debra Dobkin

Artist Statement

Dobkin’s approach to artwork comes from an improvisational point of reference much like that of a group of musicians creating a piece of music. Creating something from an ever-growing collection of her photography, saved paper, and memories, Dobkin arrives at something uniquely personal. The works evolve through a combination of painting, collage, and photo transfer to convey a captured moment in time. In the process, she covers and uncovers them like discovered treasure until the image and the story is revealed. Her inspiration comes from reading the news, watching people in their environments, a piece of music, or simply witnessing the beauty of a reflected light from an object real or imagined.


Debra Dobkin was born in Chicago and started painting at an early age at the Art Institute of Chicago children's program. In addition to pursuing a life in the visual arts, she is an accomplished percussionist/drummer. While traveling and playing music professionally around the world, she has continued to study, draw, photograph and paint. Her work now holds the richness of those experiences. Dobkin has exhibited in Los Angeles, around the U.S., and internationally.



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