Deborah Forrest Lightfield


Artist Statement

Art reflects one’s surroundings, beliefs and experiences. Surrounding myself with people, music and energy is important to me. I hope my art interprets these subjects while using expressive colors, visual textures and joyful compositions along with unique perspectives. Music is a visual experience for me. I encourage people to view my work with song in mind to see and feel the music within. My desire is to envelop people and positivism while visually expressing this in layers and through various perspectives. I want to make a statement about the world within my work, seeing similarities, embracing differences and making harmonious music visually.


If you are going to make a statement, why whisper?!


Artist’s Background

Deborah Lightfield moved to Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband Tim and their wire-haired dachshund Ella, after retiring from two careers -- twenty years in the jewelry industry and twenty years as an art teacher. Deborah is originally from Richmond, Virginia. She earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from James Madison University in Virginia. She also received the Gemologist Certification from the Gemological Institute of America in California. Her career included designing fine and fashion jewelry and art education. She has designed, created and sold jewelry in many capacities, from retail to wholesale. She designed jewelry for many clients, designed jewelry lines produced for department stores and created her own company designing and making fashion jewelry sold at trade shows for stores and boutiques throughout the country. She was Director of Education for the King Regional Arts Center in Virginia. She enjoyed teaching art from the elementary through high school levels. And, throughout her career, she has created artwork that has been displayed and sold in many galleries and art shows. Deborah has lived in New York, California, Illinois, South Carolina and North Carolina. She worked on Princess Cruises for two years. Her career and interests have taken her on travels around the world. ·        Hopefully the artistic DNA genes have been handed-down to me from my great-great-great uncle James McNeil Whistler