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Artist Statement

My art, like my life, is an exercise in controlled chaos. The challenge I give myself when creating art is to find ways in which a jumble of lines, shapes and color can be organized into a harmonious experience.

Recently, I have incorporated  figurative work into my repertoire. In response to recent events in both the world and my own life, I have created drawings and paintings to convey my emotional response.

Whether abstract or figurative, with whatever the medium, my goal is to use space, gesture, line and color to create a balanced composition that conveys the excitement of creating.


Deborah Addison Coburn is a painter, printmaker and collage artist in the Washington, DC area. She received a BFA in painting from Cornell University, where she studied with Gillian Pederson-Krag and May Stevens. 

After post-graduate study in painting, graphic design and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she worked as an advertising art director at Doner Advertising and Smith Burke & Azzam in Baltimore, MD, and at Tracy-Locke/BBDO in Dallas, TX. 

Returning to painting, Ms. Coburn studied at the Corcoran School of Art with William Christenberry, William Willis and Steven Cushner. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Ms. Coburn’s work has been included in McLean Project for the Arts’ prestigious juried show Strictly Painting VII and she has been a Bethesda Painting Awards finalist.

In 2019, she was the recipient of Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award.

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