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Artist Deborah O'Rourke


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Deborah O’Rourke Artist Biography
What do Science, Engineering and Fine Arts have in common? The answer to this question can be found in the diverse paintings of artist, Deborah “Debbie” O’Rourke.
Although Debbie hailed from a family with more than one professional artist, it was science that captured her attention and formed the backbone of her education and early career in Nuclear Physics and Metallurgical Engineering. It was not until her early twenties that Debbie began taking formal lessons in art, starting with painting on porcelain.
Smitten with painting, Debbie progressed to watercolor, then oil painting and pastels.  her latest additions have been acrylics and all of the fun mediums and textures that can be added with acrylics.  Along the way she augmented her art education with a year of study at the Barnes Foundation near Philadelphia. Their extensive collection of post-impressionist and early modern paintings would become an important source of inspiration for her later work. Born and raised on the East Coast, the lure of the American Southwest eventually drew Debbie and her husband to a new home in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson, Arizona. Western artists such as Charles Russell and James Reynolds are notable influences in her recent paintings.
The rigor and discipline in O’Rourke’s Science and Engineering background gave her the mindset of an inventor that has served her well as an artist. She enjoys conducting experiments, solving problems, and utilizing creative thinking in her approach. The focus of her artistic experimentation often involves color mixing, testing new techniques, and combining multiple photo images. A deep understanding of artist’s materials and their properties help Debbie the scientist pursue her career as an artist.  "Experimentation is a big part of what makes art fun and creative for me."
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