Artist Deb Komitor

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Artist Statement

“Trees are one of Deb Komitor’s true loves.
Her affairs are numerous, long, lush. She sounds dreamy as she remembers the redwoods in California’s Jedediah State Park, where she made her husband stop the car in the middle of the road so she could get out and gaze up at the canopy of tree limbs and trunks stretching overhead. The poignant moment brought her to tears.
‘It felt like I’d found my ancestors, these big amazing trees that have been here so long.’ says the longtime Colorado Springs artist. ‘It felt like going home. We’re just a blip in their lives.’
And then there was the rainforest in Washington’s Olympic National Forest, and the cottonwood trees along Shooks Run Trail near her downtown home. There’s also the gnarly, twisting locust tree and the century-old maple tree in her own yard — it was a deciding factor in buying the home. But when it came time to trim the stately creature, she had to vamoose. ‘I couldn’t be here when they cut the limbs because I could feel it.’ she says. The same went for a  pair of old elm trees outside her former art studio, which were all cut down: ‘I cried and couldn’t stand being in the studio after that.’
What does an artist do with all those emotions but pour them back into her work? She paints what she’s loved since childhood — tall trees, fallen trees, the creeks and trails that wind through and around them, and sometimes the creatures of the forest. Komitor’s oil paintings are large, though she also does small colored pencil drawings. Her paintings are created over a black gesso background, which peeks through her short brush strokes. It makes the paintings more somber, she says, but also shows a reverence for nature.
Komitor paints in an unusual way (‘I call [...]

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