Deborah Barr is a painter, muralist, and teacher at Modesto Junior College in California. She has won several awards for her work, including the 1995 Liquitex – International Excellence in Art Award and the American Business Women’s Association National Achievement Award in 1997. Deborah draws on her interest in anthropology and spiritual and cultural traditions from around the world.
Her newest body of work includes abstraction and tiny lines of chaos that are meant to convey the state of our world today. She is exploring the psychological disjunction in our contemporary life caused by its fast pace and rapid changes. Children today have too much information, they struggle to keep their personal and/or cultural identity and try to make sense of what is real and what we believe is real.
Her intention in her creative process is to catch attention by creating a visual dialog that the viewer can intimately identify with. The challenge for her as an artist is to go beyond the internal barriers that separate us from each other.