Deb Schradieck is a lifelong, naturally talented artist, who began focusing on watercolor in 2009. Working from her own photographs, she favors a precise and realistic style that enhances the color and light of the original subject matter.
Earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art, and completing classes at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, Deb is a juried Artist Member of The North Shore Art Association and the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester. She is also a top-producing real estate agent working in the Cape Ann area.
Deb resides in the South End of Rockport, MA, fulfilling a longtime dream to live and work on Cape Ann, a place she fell in love with when visiting years ago. She gets out on the water via boat to spend time with some of her favorite subject matter. Here, the landscape is a limitless source of inspiration—from the working waterfront and myriad of boats to seasoned buildings on crowded streets.
With her camera close by, Deb seeks the “golden hour” of extreme light in the early morning and just before sunset, riding her bike or motoring her dinghy around the harbor to identify just the right composition. She remains fascinated by reflections in water, like the way light bounces up on the hull of a boat, and by the light-and-dark contrast of wood pilings under a dock.
American Frame connected with Deb to explore her artistry through an enlightening Q&A that offers a closer look at this talented artist’s approach, including insights and advice straight from the source.