About The Artist
Deborah Garber picked up her first piece of chalk as a young child and never let go. The lush woodlands, towering oaks and rolling hills of her native Illinois were the sparks that ignited her love of nature in all its moods and forms. Pastel is her primary medium, its portability and simplicity well suited to her love of travel. Seeking a new challenge, she has recently branched out into oil painting, and alternates between the two mediums.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied printmaking and illustration, Garber sought experience in life and art in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. For five years she lived out of a suitcase, toting a Spartan assortment of pastels. She stayed in city or village just long enough to absorb the spirit of place through the local language, customs and landscape, supporting herself through political cartooning, courtroom illustration, window design and translation.
Upon her return to the United States, Garber continued to build an extensive body of work and an artistic reputation through competitions, exhibitions and gallery representation. Her pastels, oils and prints are included in the collections of numerous private individuals, museums and corporations.
About The Work
Garber’s unique vision is realized through rich layers of color and closely observed but somewhat abstracted form, characteristics that apply equally to her intimate depictions of flowers and her monumental landscapes. She creates a world that is at once familiar, personal and refreshingly non-traditional. This is the quality that makes Garber’s work so engaging to the viewer, who then becomes an explorer in her world. This exploration feeds both the mind and the eye.
Garber spends a great deal of time outside, looking at plants and flowers and absorbing impressions of the land so that her work, despite its flirtation with abstraction, has a sense of veracity. In her own words, “Though I am constantly observing the landscape around me, all my work is created in the studio away from nature’s direct influence. That way I can be more creative in my approach to shapes, composition, and especially color. My aim is to take the viewer to a completely different place than that depicted in traditional florals and landscapes. I invite the viewer to step in for a glimpse of the world that is in my mind’s eye, a place of drama, mystery and harmony.”
- Sorbonne University, Paris
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Rhode Island School of Design
- University of Michigan
- AT&T Company, Chicago
- Alumax Incorporated, San Mateo
- Bank of America, San Francisco
- Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, San Francisco
- Citicorp, Chicago
- County of Marin, Marin City
- FMC Corporation, Chicago
- HBO Corporation, New York
- IBM Corporation, San Francisco
- Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco
- Korbel Winery
- Marriott Corporation, Boston
- Phelan, Pope & Johns, Chicago
- Prudential Life Insurance, Co., New York
- Quaker Oat Company, Chicago
- Rhode Island School of Design Print Department, Providence
- Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., Los Angeles
- Salomon Brothers, New York and Los Angeles
- Tabor Center, Denver
- 3-M Corporation, Minneapolis
- U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.
- University of California, Berkeley
- Wells Fargo Investment, San Francisco