Lea has been "in love" with the arts since her early childhood,
where she was "always" doing a project! She discovered
her talents during high school in a small Michigan town, and upon
completion decided that she would pursue a degree in Art when she
entered college. She holds an Associates of Arts degree from Lake
Michigan College, and a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Western
Michigan University, under an arts-cooperative program with Nazereth
College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Lea has a true entrepreneurial spirit! After earning her degree
in art, she pursued her dreams with numerous small business enterprises
in the art field, including jewelry manufacturing, clothing design
and merchandising, custom costume designs for entertainers, set
designs for the theatre, and ceramics. In the mid 1990s she discovered
figurative art combines many of her talents in these diverse areas,
and focused her activities in the design of sculpture, artist dolls
and figurative bronze. She continues in these fields today, mostly
as a bronze sculptor in Southern California.
work has been seen in numerous prestigious shows and exhibitions
around the USA, including Toy Fair (NYC), IDEX (San Francisco),
Santa Fe International Figurative Art (Santa Fe, NM). She has continued
to educate herself and learn advanced techniques in figurative art,
and has studied with Marlaine Verhelst (Dutch Stone Clay Artist),
Anke Danaan (Dutch artist dolls), Maher Marcos ( sculpture), and
currently is continuing studies in figurative bronze and ceramics
at Palomar College, San Marcos, California.
active mother of 3, Debra has been a local champion for the teaching
of arts-oriented curriculuum in the California public schools. Over
the years, she has held numerous volunteer positions in parent/teacher
associations, music associations, and in the classroom as well.
She regularly shares her love of the arts with children, offering
art sessions within their regular school days that cover the fundamentals
of seeing and creating art. Through this effort, she hopes to pass
on her love for these endeavours to the young and foster the emergence
of new artists from our young people.