Debra's paintings—from abstracts and florals to family portraits—hang in private collections across the country. All are executed in gouache, an opaque matte paint noted for its vibrant and intense colors.
Debra has lectured and taught at The Smithsonian Institution and The Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as at Catholic and American Universities. She studied under Philip Guston at Boston University, where she received an MFA in painting and was awarded The Norman Robbins Traveling Fellowship for Museum Study Abroad. She was a scholar at both the Provincetown Workshop and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing, and was also a Yaddo Fellow. Most recently, she was a featured artist at the National Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House.
In addition to her fine arts career, Debra is also a celebrated textile designer whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Vogue and Women's Wear Daily. Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Ann Taylor, Knoll International, Willi Smith, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Federated, Lord & Taylor, Marimekko and Saks Fifth Avenue are among the scores to purchase her designs. A finalist at the Fashion Foundation of Tokyo, she designed both the modern textile and jewelry collections at the Museum of Ancient Greek and Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece.