Deborah T. Colter

About the Artist


To my eye, a painting needs to have rhythm, balance, harmony, life, a spark of magic. Making paintings requires a great deal of fearless trust in the process of creating.


To create something, really out of nothing, and see it transform into a piece that is alive with energy, exciting and intriguing is my main objective. Color, pattern, textures and other various elements need to meld into a compelling language all their own.


Nothing is defined as a state of nonexistence in my work that nothing comes into existence through the combination of various combined elements of paint, torn or cut up bits of collage, painted papers, marks of the hand, drawn or scribed. Therein lies the magic. A magic that takes on a life of its own, in motion and yet motionless at the same time. I seek a balance of energy, an order among chaos, a continual give and take that teeters between equilibrium and the breaking point.

In addition to private collectors, Colter's work has been included in numerous corporate collections and public installations throughout the United States, Bermuda, and Canada. She works directly with architects, corporate art consultants and designers to place her original works in site-specific locations.


Three of Deborah's original works were recently selected by the design team for the 2015 HGTV Dream Home. The team selected two large works for the great room and one for the master bedroom of the home. The 2015 Dream Home was built on Martha's Vineyard.





A Meaningful Return, mixed media

Stirring Interest, mixed media

Golden Longing II, mixed media


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