Deborah Chabrian

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Deborah Chabrian

United States


Deborah Chabrian is a watercolor artist who transforms houses, gardens, and objects into vibrant narratives. Her paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the United States and awarded honors from The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Portrait Institute, The National Academy of Design, and The Society of Illustrators. Her work graces more than 500 book covers and is featured in numerous books and magazines on art.

 Passionate about art since childhood, Deborah was born and raised in Illinois, and won a full scholarship to Parson’s School of Design in NYC, from which she graduated with Honors. There she met her husband, portrait artist Edward Martinez, they are each other’s strongest supporter, and most critical second eye. Over the years they have studied with many inspired artists, most notably, teacher and master realist painter, Burton Silverman. As a lover of watercolor, Deborah discovered Silverman, first through his book, Breaking the Rules of Watercolor, which led to several years of personal study in his NYC atelier. Silverman said of Chabrian: “In some measure Deborah’s work is more than the watercolor medium she uses. Its excellence relies on her visual sensitivity and her expressive content to talk about the wonder of the ordinary, to reveal what our eyes usually just record without really seeing. In this regard, her work is very special indeed.”

 Deborah was chosen to paint at The Forbes Trinchera Ranch in CO, which culminated in a show at the Forbes Museum in NYC. She won the American Artist’s Cover Competition, and her work appeared on the cover of the 2008 Summer issue of Watercolor Magazine. Recently her painting was chosen as a winner in the Best Watercolor category in the 8th annual PleinAir Salon, Splash, and ARC’s Annual Competitions. Deborah’s paintings are featured in The ARC Tenth and Eleventh Annual Salon Catalog and Splash 16.

 Notable American Artist Editor, M. Stephen Doherty describes Deborah as “one of the most gifted artists working in the watercolor medium today. Her warm, engaging, and sensitive paintings demonstrate both her well developed skills and her understanding of great art.”

 Deborah paints still life, figurative and architectural subjects for commercial and private commission in her studio located in an 18th century Farmhouse in rural CT, which she shares with her artist husband and their two children.


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