My Work: Deborah Elias

Deborah Elias 'The Shepherdess' 24 by 30 inches, oil on canvas

Deborah Elias "The Shepherdess" 24 by 30 inches, oil on canvas

This week's "My work" is by Deborah Elias: “The Shepherdess,” 24 by 30 inches, oil on canvas.

Where in South Florida do you work?I work in Naples.

How long have you been working in this medium? I have been painting with oils for about nine years now.

Tell us about yourself: I have exhibited in Naples in different art exhibits for the last six years. I also have some of my work hanging in several businesses here in Naples and Colorado. I do work in oils working on landscapes, architecture, people, and seascapes.

I am growing fonder of painting people and faces. I love capturing the face and expressions of a subject. I especially love painting exotic looking people or someone of interest because of their circumstances. I feel the painting and try to imagine myself in their shoes.

Studies: I went to college at University of South Florida and majored in interdisciplinary science. I have a masters degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University that I finished in 2002. I study art from Marco Bronzini in Naples and have been for the last 8-9 years.

What do you like about this work? The thing that I love about this painting is the strong features of this woman. She is strong and muscular-looking without any feminine features that we American women regard as feminine. The thing that makes her look feminine is her clothes. She is adorned with all the jewelry that we love to wear and beautiful clothing that is intricately woven and bejeweled. The colors of her jewels and robe are so vibrant and rich with flavor.

Where can people see your work? I have four very large paintings hanging right now at Salon Fusion on Naples Boulevard. I’m painting some for another business in Naples.

Contact: or e-mail

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