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Debbie Little Wilson original prints, etchings, monoprints and more

Debbie was born in Rochester, New York, where her father worked for Kodak. “Actually, my dad wanted to be a professional photographer. Something must run in our family because his mother wanted to be a commercial illustrator for a magazine in New York City, but she married my grandfather who designed railroad signals and became a housewife and mother. One day in her attic, she showed me her college portfolio and told me that even though she knew that she made the right decision, I should not let myself get in the position where I have to make a choice between someone and what I love to do. So from that time on, I tried to follow my heart. I met and married a talented jeweler, Ken Wilson, who understands how time consuming the art business is and encourages me to test my limits.”

“Since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed drawing and doing crafts of some sort. That has followed me through life. Drawing and printmaking go hand-in-hand, so printmaking was a perfect fit for me to express all the things that I want to say. With some of my prints, I make limited edition etchings.   Some of the etching plates are used exclusively for my monoprinting process. I make one of a kind monoprints and use my etching plates and old paper good (letters, receipts, tickets, valentines, postcards, etc.) that I have collected to tell a story or make a statement.”

“ I love women's history so it was quite natural for me to include it in my work. I noticed that cowgirls were not portrayed in artwork like cowboys were so I set out to give them their due. While researching about their history, I was impressed by their strength, ambition and talent. This launched me into a direction of telling their story in hopes that they would influence other women to attempt their dreams. In that same vein, I researched other strong women like aviatrix, suffragists, singers and other women doing extraordinary and independent things.  I am also intrigued by relationships that people have and it is fun playing that out with my monoprint collages. I guess in some ways I am also an illustrator.”

“About a year ago, I began thinking about the women who do more ordinary things like baking, gardening, canning and doing laundry. They seemed to be the unsung heroes who were just as strong and played an important role in our women's history. So my artwork took another turn. Now, I have included these other women as role models, as well. For some reason, they have come with birds. That is to say that birds have found their way into the pictures of these women. Perhaps, symbolically, they represent freedom or flight or maybe they are nothing more than an element that makes me smile when I have them planted on a head or buzzing their ears. They could just come from my love for my mother who is a birder and who is a fantastic cook and my unsung hero.”


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