Every Painting Begins With A Prayer
My art is my expression of my connection and communication with God
Belief is Everything
Ever since I can remember I loved to draw and paint. I was always doodling in the margins of my school notes and coloring outside the lines in my coloring books. I followed my passion for creating images and obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design from the Fine Art Dept. at UCLA in 1981. Despite my education, I did not have the confidence or the courage to pursue a career in art. Like many artists, I believed I was not good enough.
The Dream That Changed My Life
It was in 2007 that God gave me a vivid dream. In the dream was a woman who in real life had given me a hair analysis. She told me that I had the ability to fly. I told her I couldn't fly. She said, "The way that a fish swims in the ocean you can fly in the air". So in my dream I stretched out my arms and jumped up into the air about where the ceiling would be, but there was no ceiling! I was amazed because I was flying! "I can fly", I proclaimed. And then the dream ended.
I knew instantly what the dream meant. I knew I had the ability to fly with my art. On a whim I had secured a vendor space at a local wine tasting event. I displayed my paintings and sold a few. It was during that weekend that I had that dream. I no longer saw myself as not good enough.. At that point it was not a matter of confidence or courage. It was a matter of believing that I was meant to fly with my art for God. As soon as I made the decision to paint, painting became my passion. It was shortly after that revelation that I was introduced to a unique, slick paper called Yupo paper.
My Painting Process
Before painting on Yupo paper, I had always used photos as my reference when painting in oils or acrylic. When I first saw an artist paint on Yupo paper I was fascinated by the freedom he had and the vibrancy of the colors he was able to obtain on this unique paper. I took a class from him, Paul Kirby, and began seeing images in the paint as I used the various Yupo paper techniques.
Painting intuitively on Yupo paper gives me great joy. I begin each painting by praying that God will give me an image that will bless and encourage the viewer. I see my painting process as a way to worship and communicate with the Lord. Painting on Yupo allows me the freedom to see images emerge as I add paint, move the paint around and remove paint from this slick, synthetic paper. Most of my paintings are unplanned and many of my paintings are faceless. If I don't see the features of the face during the "discovery" process, I don't put them in. The person in the painting is no one, yet anyone. The wonderful thing about Yupo paper is it's forgiveness factor. If the image does not work out, I simply wipe it off and start over.
Embellished Acrylic Pour Paintings
The more I painted on Yupo paper, the more in tune I became with seeing the Holy Spirit's direction as I painted. That ability to see images in the paint has now been transferred over to my new passion of creating embellished acrylic pour paintings. I begin the painting as an acrylic pour where the paint is poured onto the canvas. As it is moving and flowing I manipulate it a bit until I see an image in the paint. I let it dry and then later paint in details. The result is a unique painting that cannot be duplicated if I tried! I've begun painting commissioned embellished acrylic pour paintings as the one above. Contact me if you are interested in commissioning me to create a painting on Yupo paper or an embellished acrylic pour.
Deborah Nell is a native of Southern California and the oldest of five siblings. She moved to East Berlin, Pennsylvania in 1998 with her husband Craig and daughter Sophia. She lives in a stawbale home built by her husband, herself, and her daughter along with the help of many friends and family. She began painting in oils at the age of eight. Her father, Herman Sillas, instructed her while the two of them painted side by side at their easels.
Deborah loves painting live at church services and worship events. She also gives art retreats at her home and private art lessons where she teaches Yupo painting techniques.
Deborah is a prolific, prophetic artist who's paintings have been purchased throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. You can see her prints, cards, notebooks and art boxes at her etsy store.