Deborah Moss works from her country studio beside an exquisite native forest in North Auckland which provides endless inspiration for her creative practice.
Working mostly with paint, she begins each piece with expressive marks which mirror her dynamic surroundings. Layers and colours in this stage are applied playfully - inviting a more considered response as the dialogue between gestures and storytelling evolves.
The hard surface of the wood she works on enables her to experiment with texture and a variety of non-conventional tools to add depth and interest in her paintings. She strives to create contrasts between considered and 'freestyle' marks; light and dark, space and active areas but above all - a passionate response to her muse in her chosen medium.
The artist has exhibited throughout New Zealand and her works are held in private collections in New Zealand and the United States, Singapore, England and Australia.
After completing a BA in English and Sociology at the University of Auckland and a MA (Hons) degree in Sociology, she worked as a research analyst, journalist and later became the owner and director of a Fine Art gallery in Auckland which represented established New Zealand artists.
She is a recent graduate of the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program facilitated by renowned American artist and art teacher Nicholas Wilton.
Every time Deborah sells an original artwork, a native tree is planted on her property as part of her “Planting hope” initiative to help the environment.
>RECENT ART EDUCATION
Graduate of the "Creative Visionary Mentoring Program" facilitated by established artist and art teacher Nicholas Wilton (USA), 2018.
Finalist - Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award, ArtsPost/Waikato Museum, 2016
Finalist Members' Merit Exhibition & Awards 2017 Lake House Arts, Takapuna, Auckland.
(wo)manpower - Interviews with 10 New Zealand women who are leading creative lives, following their dreams and inspiring others every day.
Zine edited by ZR Southcombe, First edition November 2015.
Māori Television - Interview on Māori News January 20, 2016 discussing sculpture in the Under Kaipara Skies 2016 sculpture exhibition
featuring NZ and international artists at Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, Auckland.
Artist Interview, Quirky Fox Gallery, Hawera (Taranaki), September 2016.
Guest blogger Parkin Drawing Prize website, April 17, 2017.
Featured artist interview in Creative Ripple Magazine (NZ); January, 2018.