A fondness for drawing and an aptitude for clay modeling in Deborah’s youth lead to excelling in the arts, and in 1973 graduating from the Vancouver School of Art.Sculpture was her major, and jade carving became a way to make a living as an artist.
The opportunity arose in 1972 to learn the art of carving BC’s gemstone, at Vancouver’s New World Jade Co. The production of sculptural pieces created by this group over the next 3 years, was impressive
Effective marketing with this new medium resulted in sales that were very encouraging.N.W.J. held exhibitions in Canada and the US with much acclaim. After a recession in the mid seventies, and the demise of the company, the carvers who were keen to continue on their own, did so. Deborah was one of them.
Her move to Vernon in BC’s renowned Okanagan Valley proved to be a good one. Since 1983, in a large, well equipped facility, she continued to carve in BC’s Jades as well as other Nephrite exotics, such as Wyoming and Siberian Jade. Trips to the Tucson Gem Shows and the Big Sur Jade Festival lead to discovering rare and much sought after jades.
Since 1993, students from all corners of the globe have attended her home based jade workshops. Recently she has mentored stone sculptors in Washington and Oregon by introducing them to the world’s toughest stone also known as the Stone of Heaven.
Deborah’s largest jade sculpture: “Kalamalka Reflections” was commissioned though OTISS 2002, for the City of Vernon. It‘s site is in front of the Community Services building, adjacent to the Vernon Museum. Another monumental sculpture, carved in Mabel Lake marble, is “Luna”, commissioned by The Rise Golf Course, for the Watermark entry feature.
In Sept 2014, Deborah was the first western female jade artist to show her jade sculptures in China. Since then she has won two gold medals at the Zi Gang Bei International Jade Exhibition and Competition in Suzhou, China.
Her goal to encourage others to carve stone, especially nephrite jade, is being realized through her workshops, social media and societies that share the same vision.