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Inspiration for my work stems from the events of everyday life, and the environment that surrounds us; affecting who we are and how we of make our own connection. I find these connections by applying randomly and aggressively texturing  the surface of the painting. I strive to find symbols within this surface because as human beings we look for these connections. The intent is that I follow these symbols to imply an image of how they intertwine and connect, and interpretation is left for the viewer to contemplate. To me it is something that is ever changing; in that the response retained will invite a new perspective. My work resembles people I meet and the places I travel,  in that each one is different and unique yet all are influencing how I perceive and respond to my environment.  A journey through the painting itself, one thing observed will overlap and influence another from beginning to end.In that way, one function of the work is that it becomes a tool through which the relationship to the materials and the process forms a relationship to ideals and perspectives, which helps me move forward, and possibly the audience it captures.

EXHIBITIONS/Shows  (Upcoming)

2017 Local Artists   Village of Oak CreekAZ First Fri.

2016 Creative Center of Scottsdale Az

2015 Fall Fine Art Show  NEMAA - Opening  Reception

Solar Arts Building - 711 15th Ave.  NE  Minneapolis

Sept. 18   6-10 pm

2015- Self Portraits presented by WARM Women's Art Resources MN Minneapolis

  Tractor Works  Gallery One- 800 Washington Ave. North Minneapolis

Opening Reception- Sept. 24    4-7pm

2015 Art-A-Whirl   NEMAA  Location NKB #391

2015 Cambridge MN, Trilogy of Textures Jan. 23 - Feb. 27, 

2015 Jan. 17 NKB January show Gallery 391 

2014 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Opening Reception  4-6pm

  October 4, 2014  (6666 E. River Rd. Fridley MN)

2014 Fall Fine Arts Show Solar Arts Building NE Minneapolis, MN

2014 Art A Whirl NKB Gallery 391 May 17 18,19

2014 WARM Small Works Banfill-Locke Center For Arts Opening May 20. 6:30-8:30

2014 --40 for One Heartland   Artists Benefit NKB 3rd Floor Gallery March 28-29-30

 2013  AAW Art-A-Whirl NEMAA  May 17-19  Silent Auction Kick off Meet the artist May 11, 6-9pm

           Northrop King Building, 3rd floor  

 2013 Relocated to India for six month period

 2012  Edina Art Fair June 1- June 3rd 

 2012  "Where Art Thou?" Achieve Services Gala  May 4, 2012 Majestic Oaks Golf Club, Ham Lake,  MN

 2012 AAW  Art-a-Whirl  May 18, 19, 20th  Showing at:  Grain Belt  79 13th Ave. NE, Mpls.

 2012 Blaine City Hall    May 2012 -  June 2nd

 2012  Dunn Brothers Coffee House Fridley Mn. Jan.8- Feb. 29

 2012  Banfill-Locke Center for Arts  Group Show Jan.- Feb.  4


* Out of Country Bangalore India Relocation approx 1yr

 2011 Lowertown Artists AZ Gallery St. Paul   Dec.-2  thru Jan. 15  Opening Reception Dec.10   7-10pm

 2011 Heart of the Beast Puppet Mask Theater  Dreams of Winter Nov.28 thru Jan. 1 Opening Dec.11                    

2011 NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Festival Grain Belt Bottling House Mpls. MN Sept.23-Sept.25

 2011 Bethesda Hospital Group Show  (Deborah Splain, Marcie Soderman-Olson, Aug. 3 thru Oct.  2nd 

 2011 Women's Building St. Paul Show Resurfacing  Sept.-Oct.

 2011 The Women's Art Instititute Group Exhibition  July 8th-Aug. 7th  2011 MCAD Concourse Gallery

           Opening Reception July 8, 6:00-8:00 pm

 2011 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Member Show Oct.-Nov,7 2011

 2011Make a Wish Foundation Wish Ball Gala May 21, 2011

 2011 Art-A-Whirl May 20,21,22 2011 Grain Belt Minneapolis, MN

2011 MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids MN "Layered Interpret tions"  opening March 4

 2011 "Temporality"  WARM Artists, Grain Belt Bottling House, MPLS opening March4 

 2011 Paul Whitney Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota "Hidden Details" Jan.18-Feb. 11

 2011 Special EventWomen's Art Institute Scholarship Fund Benefit Sale  March 26, 2011 

Opening 3/26/11  6-9pm  Northrop King Gallery Minneapolis, MN

2010 Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Member Show 10-16 thru 11-5

2010 Bloomington Art Center WARM Member Exhibition9/3 thru 10-8

2010 University of St. Cloud Atwood Gallery, Solo Show Research and Discovery 3/29-4/22/2010

2010 Art-A Whirl Grain Belt Building 

2010Foot in the Door IVMIA

2010 Art Per Chance 

2009 Fall Fine Art Show NEMAA Art Quinox        

2009 Dia de los Muertos Altered Esthtics            

2009 Bloomington Art Center Members Show    

2009 Art Per Chance MIA

2009 AAW  Art-A-Whirl

2009 St. Paul Art Crawl Tilsner  

2009 Banfill-Lock Center for Arts                                                  

2009 Edina Art Center Members Show                

2009 Altered Estheics “The Struggle Within”      

2009 Art-A-Whirl - Grainbelt Bottling House

2009 Spiritual Art Show - Kolbe  Center of Pope John Paul II    

2009 Art for Breast Cancer Awareness “Race for the Cure”        

2009 Altered Esthetics Vending Machine Artwork                          

2005-2008 Brooklyn Park and Rec.Seasonal Assignments (art/special events)Children's Art Festival, BP Historical Farm, Community Activity Cntr. Spooktacular

1997 MN Zoo Mural – Children’s Underwater Sea Entryway Mural

1995-1996 University of MN, Coffman Memorial Union Mural, Underground

Tunnel area, Mural - “Cityscape”

1993-94 Artist in Residence, Brooklyn Park, Osseo District#279

“Celebrating Diversity” 2yr assignment Steering Committee

1991 Muddy Mo, Summer Art Festival Omaha NE;

“Celebrating Diversity” 2yr assignment



Visual artist Deborah Splain, draws her imagery from events in the everyday life and the environment that surrounds us and how we make our own connections. Her work reflects her own unique style, of the painting; marrying the figurative with the abstract using mixed media to look for symbols and meanings under hidden layers of paint, paper, are added by the artist but meant for the interpretation of the viewer. The intent is to follow the symbols to imply an image of how they intertwine and connect because as human beings we look for these connections. A journey through the painting itself one thing will overlap and influence another. The work becomes a tool to help us make these connections in finding our place, the process helps her move forward and perhaps the audience it captures.

She started as a muralist and received a grant for Women’s Art Institute Studio Intensive/ MCAD (Minnesota College of Art &Design), where she was involved with the WARM- Women Art Resources of MN) She was drawn to Sedona, after painting her surreal rock images out started showing out west at the Creative Center of Scottsdale, but soon as she states fell in love with beauty of Sedona, and now resides in the Village of Oak Creek.

The artist donates her work to raise money for Breast Cancer Events, the Children’s Theatre, and Make a Wish foundation., and an upcoming Gala for the Sedona Humane Society. She is a lifelong artist and teacher, who plans on opening a studio in the Village, and sharing what she has learned with other through teaching art classes in the fall. She is devoting herself full-time to her painting is currently participating in the 2018 Verde Valley Sedona Summer Colony.


Additional Studio study MCADMn College Art &Design


Illinois State University
Aug 1978Jun 1982


IL State University


Illinois State University, Normal IL BS Comprehensive Art

MCAD studio Intensive Program

MN Department of Education. Dist . 279 para

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PROFESSIONAL - (Work History)

NEMAA Member/ (    or

2012 WARM Womens Art Resources of MN  Programming 

WARM Mentor/Protégé Program for 2009-2010

Classic Creations, owner operator commercial murals, faux painting, special event planning.1993-present

Home and Garden Show Minneapolis Convention Center 1994

Brooklyn Park and Recreation Arts (Teaching and Special Events)Community Activity Center, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Teaching –Adult/Children’s Art)

Dist. 279 Osseo Area Schools  Para Professional  No Child Left Behind (English/Math)


Artist/Painter/Mural Painting/Special Events

  Current:  Artist  Canvas Conversations  Fine Art  Fundraising/Special Event Planning:  (Please contact artist if you have an event for nonprofit) 2011  Make a Wish Foundation  Donated Artwork 2011  Women's Art Institute Funderaiser 2010   Children's Theatre  "Curtain Call Ball"  Donated Artwork 2010   Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN/ Marcy School Fundraiser Gala  Donated Artwork 2010   Breast Cancer Fundraiser/ Champlin MN  Donated Artwork 2009   Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Silent Auction Donated Artwork   Children's Art Festival Community Activity Center Brooklyn Park and Recreation Brooklyn Park Historical Farm Special Events Seasonal Race for the Cure-Breast Cancer Special Event,2009 NEMAA-Silent Auction for Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association  2009, 2010     Home and Garden Show Minneapolis Convention Center 1994 Set up design for privately owned interior design company.  Created logos, cards and participated in sales campaign. Successful in building and maintaining relationships with customers, to ensure customer satisfaction.   Teaching/ Pre-K through Adult   Brooklyn Park and Rec. Brooklyn Park MN District 279 Osseo Area Schools, Educational Service Center, Maple Grove, MN Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley MN     Past Art Business Experience: Classic Creations:  Owner operator; providing murals, faux painting, special event planning,  business image consulting.  1993-2005     NEMAA Member/ (    or WARM Mentor/Protégé Program for 2009-2010   Brooklyn Park and Recreation Arts (Teaching and Special Events) Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Teaching –Adult/Children’s Art)  




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