I believe in representational art for its accessibility and in abstract art for its communication of the unseen. Art should be mysterious so the viewer has an opportunity to bring individual meanings.
Drawing is important as a foundation and as a meditation on the inner life of what we see. Drawing and painting from life keeps art fresh, spontaneous, and personal.
I strive to present an interesting subject with a dramatic value pattern, lively line and rich color.
The child of a teacher and a ceramics engineer, Deborah Kraft Knetzger grew up in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, drawing and painting from an early age. After receiving a B.S. in Fine Art from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in fashion
illustration and hand-painted fabrics for interiors.
Deborah and her designer/musician husband moved to the Pacific Northwest where they raised two children. Their son is a video game designer and car expert in Kirkland, Washington, and their daughter is a graphic novelist recently returned to Seattle after several years in New York City. Two cats make their home with the family.
Over the years Deborah has taught art classes both as a volunteer and paid instructor. She now devotes most of her time to creating art, working mainly in watercolor, oils and drawing media. Her other interests are fiber arts and collage. Deborah?s favorite subjects are plein air landscapes, animals, human figures and flowers and plants. She also enjoys gardening, theater, reading, travel, yoga, biking and hiking.
B.S. Fine Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Classes in fashion and book illustration: Otis Parsons Institute Los Angeles
Studies in watercolor with William Hewson
Studies in oils with Milo Duke
Classes in neon, illustration, encaustic, mixed media, prints
Continuing figure drawing studio at Gage Academy, Seattle
Barbara De Pirro acrylic workshop
Art Instruction for Adults and Children:
Lake Washington & Northshore School Districts, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Washington
Bassetti's Crooked Arbor Gardens, Woodinville Washington
Currently teaching adult drawing class at Northshore Senior Center, Bothell, Washington
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) at Seattle Design Center: Mixed Media work in the show "Who Are You?" 2014
Arts of Kenmore Gallery at Kenmore City Hall, watercolor exhibit summer 2014
Tsuga Fine Arts, Bothell Washington, 2014 show of horse themed art
Bassetti's Crooked Arbor Gardens and Galleries, Woodinville Washington, continuing show
KAST studio tour participant
4th Street Gallery, Manzanita Oregon
EAFA Juried shows, public art program
Evergreen Association of Fine Art member
Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) at Seattle Design Center
Recent winner of Stevens Winery Prize for "Red Mountain Vineyard" oil painting
Nonprofit Auction Contributor:
PAWS of Tillamook Oregon
FSH Fishing For a Cure, Bellevue Washington
Kirkland Arts Center REDUX auction
Bastyr University Bothell Washington, student outreach program