I was born in the UK but have lived in New York City for 10 years. I studied life drawing and oil painting here at the Art Student’s League before taking up a studio residency in Soho where I have worked for the past four years. 2013 presented the opportunity for my first solo exhibition in New York, at the Broome St Gallery.

My work is primarily the result of my need to paint; it is both a challenge and an outlet; a discipline and a passion.

Inspiration for me can pop up at any time and in any place. I am not confined to one subject area, preferring to vary my projects and media. Though oil, and specifically white lead, is my favorite medium, I like to extend to watercolor, gouache, ink and charcoal. White lead is essential to my oil painting, both for its luminescence and sculptural quality. My canvases are white lead primed and each work is a series of underpaintings, layered one on one, until the final image has built up and I am confident there is nothing left to add.

I seek to convince the viewer of how I interpret my subjects. ‘Reality’ is always subject to interpretation. The realist painter conveys his or her own reality and hopes to engage the viewer in sharing the illusion. I define my work as a balance between mastery of technique, an opinion to express and an emotional reaction. The ultimate goal is to seek truth, and be unafraid to share what I find.


Deborah Rhodes Puts A New Spin on Timeless Themes

—Ed McCormack  Gallery & Studio  2013