Historic Paths: 24 Works on Paper Artist Deborah Burian

August 26, 2013

24 Works on Paper |

Interview by Jessika Davis, Summer OVAC Intern

Deborah Burian, Oklahoma City, Long View, Transparent watercolor, 15” x 22”
Oklahoma City artist Deborah Burianemploys transparent watercolor to convey her curiosities in Long View.
Painting outside, Burian’s grew interested in the history of the walking path to a shanty she depicted.  She placed more emphasis on the path than the destination, writing, “the near ice, distant mountains and frigid breeze reminded one of what a trial it was to cross the prairie in pioneer days.”
What motivated you to choose this subject in your piece? Why?

I am enthralled by the prairie and this scene captures the very essence of the long distances, varied terrain and often challenging conditions found there.

What are your influences? Why?
The wild outdoors and the changing qualities of light, weather, conditions, and unexpected treasures found along the way beyond are what inspired me to begin painting and what influence my work every time I pick up a brush.  Grasses, clouds, storms, dry water holes, animal tracks, every moment is different and beautiful.

This artwork is featured in the 24 Works on Paper exhibition on exhibition at Redlands Community College  during August and September, 2013 and touring Oklahoma through December 2014. See venues and more information at www.24works.org.