Deb Marett Artist

Deb Marett grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan in a small town which was originally a Dutch settlement. She went to school in upstate New York and stayed there until work took her to Wisconsin, just north of Chicago. Her lifelong passion for art followed everywhere she went, and continued to flourish as she went from watercolors to oils, and from landscapes and botanicals to portraits. It is in portraiture that she found her true artistic voice, and has been devotedly painting the faces and people around her (“pretty much anyone who will sit still long enough.”) ever since. The development of a good likeness is a magical process: “I feel that painting someone’s portrait is a very collaborative, giving act. It may just be me in the studio, but my subjects’ presence and character are always on my mind as I work.”


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Deb Marett, Artist Statement:

With the resurgence of representationalism in the art world, I examine my work in the context of moving a classical art form forward into the future. My portraits, while executed in a traditional way, speak to concepts that seek to broaden the viewer's ideas and societal perceptions.


By incorporating themes and accompanying the work with written narratives and evocative titles, a show of portraits becomes a multi-level experience for the viewer. Beginning with seeing the art itself, visitors are invited to delve deeper into the stories and concepts embodied in the work. Titles become a poetic extension of each piece.


My current series, "Famous", celebrates lives lived with intent and impact. Though my subjects appear to be everyday people, they are far from ordinary.

By slowing down the ‘news feed’ of our constant reception of information worldwide, to a slowly rendered painting of someone whose story, though not well known, is extraordinary, I encourage people to look deeper and consider their perceptions beyond the initial first glance.