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Debra Ciccone-O'Connell is a visual storyteller, painter, illustrator and art educator who works from her own studio in Chelmsford MA where she resides with her husband and two children. In her work she uses soft pastel, acrylic paint, foam plate printing, cut paper collage along with other drawing, painting and sculptural media.
Debra holds both a BFA and MA Ed degree in Visual Art and Art Education respectively from Plymouth State University in NH where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Karl Drerup Award for Excellence in achievement in the Visual Arts in 2004. During her professional career she has had much of her work exhibited in solo, juried, and group shows. Her paintings are held in private and public collections throughout New England as well as in other areas of the United States. In addition she has taught Visual Art in public and private school programs as well as independently for over 16 years.
"As an artist I am continuously responding to the ever changing conditions and facets of my seemingly ordinary life as it unfolds over time. In my work I am interested in the play of color, abstraction, representation, contrast, and movement within the composition. The stories of my personal experience and history are imbedded in the imagery and gestural marks of my painted mixed media pieces. Often symbolic images are abstracted to the point that they dissolve into the whole to become and integral part of a cohesive work. In my representational work I utilize color, contrast and light in ways that are dramatic and engaging. Much of my process is intuitive and as a result I find myself frequently having to "let go" to my attachment to what I "thought" should happen and realign my intention to what is meant to be for any piece of work that I create."
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