Deborah Gavel is an artist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She currently lives and works in a studio on historic Rt. 66. She received an MA and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico.
In May of 2011 I was graced with the opportunity to have an artist-in-residency at the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, California. My new work is in response to that time in nature, connecting with the primal Redwood forested land there, walking the wet fern-lined trails to a waterfall. And in response to the absolute wonder of seeing a bald eagle flying across my field of vision three days in a row over the lake outside the studio space.
I love stories and as time seems to move faster and faster into our collective future, I believe we need our stories more. I do not believe we leave behind the past but carry it forward with us in the cells of our inner librarian. My current work as an artist is about reconsidering nature: Plant, mineral, and animal. The layers of mediums (oil, metallic leaf, beeswax) I use in my work act as metaphors for this quest in addition to the imagery.