With an absolute love of the arts, Deborah Gabriel Umphrey became an artist and art educator. Originally from New Orleans, Deborah obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of New Orleans. Later, after moving to Orlando, Deborah earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Central Florida. Deborah began teaching in Seminole County schools in the Orlando area, at Lake Brantley High School, and later taught drawing and painting to youth at a local art gallery, Casselberry Art House. Beyond teaching and as an artist, Deborah began her art studies at Crealdé School of Art through the Fellowship and Studio Artist emerging artist programs in 2015. At Crealde Deborah teaches both adults and youth classes and teaches workshops at local festivals. Deborah is a member of the Central Florida Watercolor Society and continues to exhibit her work at local galleries.
As a visual artist, I feel deeply connected to the mystery and beauty of nature. Since my youth, drawing has been a part of who I am. I was more inclined to express myself through this medium than through any other. To be able to recreate the world and its beauty as I see it and feel it, is what motivated me to draw. It wasn’t until later in life that I began painting where it became second nature and an extension of drawing. I found painting in almost every medium gave me unlimited possibilities in expressing light and color but feel strongly that I can express my vision most creatively and spontaneously in my favorite medium, watercolor. I love to draw and paint in a semi-realistic and abstract style and hope to inspire the viewer’s imagination and emotions as they participate in that vision.