Deborah Travis is a watercolor painter and fiber artist who works with watercolor and mixed media. She also draws with pen and ink and integrates painting, drawing, dyes and mixed media into her works on paper, silk and other fibers. Deborah creates works on fabric using
indigo, fiber-reactive dyes, drawing and resists. She utilizes Shibori techniques, marbling, and painting in her mixed media quilts, hangings, and wearable art such as scarves and kimono.
Deborah studied with Lawerence Goldsmith, the renowned Vermont and Monhegan Island watercolor artist, who was her primary influence as a painter. She has also recently taken workshops with Lian Zhen, a Chinese Watercolor artist, and has studied with many other fiber, quilt and indigo artists.
She received her MA in Art Therapy at Vermont College, and has utilized art and play therapy in her professional role as a therapist. Deborah has drawn, painted, and worked with fibers all her life. She has exhibited at the Bryan Gallery, the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Arts Alive, The Wood Gallery, and Basin Harbor. She has been part of the Cambridge Festival of the Arts, where she displays her hand dyed Shibori scarves and shawls for sale. Deborah is now a member of the AIR Gallery in St Albans, Vermont and the MAG Gallery in Milton, Vermont.
I am drawn to the natural landscape; I love to paint en plein air and capture the essence of a location in mood, line, form, and color. The experience of the natural world inspires my work, and transitions, space, and movement of the elements are my fascination. I find inspiration in the beauty, colors, and patterns of nature: tracing the water markings of indigo on silk shibori, the intricate surfaces of marbeling, the flow of watercolor and ink, and the surprises of working with liquid dyes and fabrics to express this experience.