Deborah Lengel received an MFA from the University of South Carolina. Her art has been exhibited throughout the United States, Germany, Italy and France, and has been featured in the book Strokes of Genius 9 and twice in the exhibition ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and ArtFields in Lake City, South Carolina.
“I enjoy creating an open narrative in each work to invite viewers to create their own stories,” she says. “Capturing expressions can be subtle or extreme, but always provides its own rewards and challenges.”
Her work focuses on capturing rare moments. “These moments make time stand still and I feel my own humanity more deeply,” Lengel says. “I strive to capture the essence of each person or animal I create. My work is gestural and loose and I love playing with textures, stenciling and celebrating my love for drawing. I usually work from photos, but I also enjoy rendering from life.”Lengel often draws inspiration from her love of literature, music and her keen observations of life. “Sometimes I notice something unique in an exchange between people and then, perhaps, I remember something that I've read and combine the two ideas for sketching,” she says. “Quite often, I have an inkling, and then I set out to find the props and model. I believe layers of visual information help sustain a dialogue between the viewer and the work. —
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