Photo: Sophie Howell

Things that Light me up….. • My Family•Martha’s Vineyard • My art apron • Large white button down shirts • Design from Fifties • Sixties and Seventies • Patterns in nature• Chairs •Sharpies • Gouache • Oil Sticks • Acrylic Ink • Fabric • Vintage children’s books • Klee • Calder • Miró • Lucien Day • Nina Simone • Painting • Printmaking

Courage, Love and Laughter make everything possible.-deborah velásquez

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My name is Deborah Velásquez, a Brooklyn original, I enjoy the creative life in the wooded hills of New England with my husband and two sons. 

I have had a love affair with art and creating since childhood. 

My inspiration comes from travel, the simple beauty of nature found in my back garden, and the primitive innocence of my sons scribbles. 

I am an artist-designer, author and blogger who creates paintings, prints, ceramics, cards, textiles and mobiles. 

I love the mix of design, words, art and craft. My work is modern, sophisticated, graphic and bold with a fun color sense and it reflects my love for the simplicity of line. I work in both digital and traditional methods. My traditional work shows my love of gouache, watercolor and printmaking.  I learn so much from my art supplies and I explore line, shape, wash, stamping, and cut paper and their playful relationships with each other in a creative space.

I am graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art and the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Business program. I studied textiles and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, where I received my Millinery Certification, studying under hat legend Ann Albrizio. My artwork has been exhibited in numerous galleries and juried shows, and I teach workshops in my Connecticut studio. My art and designs can be found on products such as rugs, wall art, ceramics, stationery, textiles, and mobiles, and my hats were featured at New York’s Henri Bendel. I have been featured in UPPERCASE magazine and my work is carried by Minted, West Elm, CarpetVista of Sweden, and giftware and home décor licensing companies.

"When I am making art, I know this is what I should be doing. 

I want my work to be, "Where Art and Beauty Meet Lifestyle"©