Deborah Moss works from her countryside studios by a native forest in North Auckland, New Zealand.
Drawing upon the power and dynamicism of nature she translates her environment to her artworks creating poetic expressions, energetic gestures and colourful stories that reveal a powerful alchemy of forces between the natural world and her interior vision.
Her approach to painting is experimental and process driven – a sensory experience which encourages the work to develop on its own accord through rich layers of paint and response to surface discoveries.
After graduating from the University of Auckland with a MA (Hons) degree in Sociology, she worked as a journalist and later became the Director of a Fine Art gallery in Auckland. She has completed several art programmes and frequently participates in art education courses in Australasia and the United States.
Deborah has regularly exhibited in New Zealand and Australia and her works are held in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Singapore, England and France. She has been a finalist in several national art competitions and was the 2022 Supreme winner of the Craigs Investment Partners Art Prize held in Wanaka.
Every time she sells an original artwork, a native tree is planted on her rural property as part of her “Planting hope” initiative to help the environment.
>RECENT ART EDUCATION
Exploring abstraction - online course with US-based abstract artist and teacher Jenny Nelson. 2020.
Perfectly Imperfect - discovering your visual language online 12-week programme with multi-media Australian artist and teacher Lorna Crane. 2020.
May 2020 – Graduate of The Artist's Mindset : Group Coaching Program offered by Insight Creative Coaching. This 12-week intensive online Programme focuses on the development of mindset skills and practices that strengthen and deepen an artist's ability to envision and create their art.
Graduate of the "Creative Visionary Mentoring Program" facilitated by established artist and art teacher Nicholas Wilton (USA), 2018/2019.
2022 Supreme Winner Craigs Investment Partners Prize, Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka, January 15 - 18, 2022.
Finalist Walker & Hall Waiheke 2-D Art Award, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, November, 2021.
Finalist Walker & Hall Waiheke 2-D Art Award, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, October, 2020.
Finalist The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, The Atrium, Wintec, Hamilton, October 2020.
Finalist Craigs Aspiring Art Prize, Holy Family Catholic School, Wanaka, January 10 - 14, 2020.
Finalist Members' Merit Exhibition & Awards 2017; Lake House Arts, Takapuna, Auckland.
Finalist Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award, ArtsPost/Waikato Museum, 2016.
Member of The Eco-Artists' Directory - The Visionary Projects (a multi-media contemporary art platform and community
inspired by consciously-driven projects), NYC • Berlin • Vienna
Active observations - online interview with Aesthetica Magazine, February 1, 2022.
'Glowing Again wins grand prize at art awards' by Marjorie Cook, Otago Daily Times, January 17, 2022.
'Glow up' article highlighting Craig's Investment Partners Prize painting, Style Magazine, February 2022.
'Auckland Artist Takes Supreme Award At Craigs Aspiring Art Prize in Wanaka', Scoop Regional Independent News, January 16, 2022.
Artwork featured as murals in hotel rooms of The Central Hotel by Naumi Hotels, Queenstown, New Zealand.
A collaboration with Undercurrent Studio (Wanaka).
The Hotel Conversation: 'Creative and Cool: The Central by Naumi Hotels, Queenstown, New Zealand'. April 5, 2021
'Avoiding Enfeeblement' - a review of The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2020 by Peter Dornauf, EyeContact (October 10, 2020).
Featured in favourite new works selected by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson, January 2019.
Stir creativity - a review of the 'Mixology event' at Comet Project Space by Jodi Meadows, 2019.
Featured Natural curiosities: Inspired by the Outdoors’ on-line collection curated by Victoria Kennedy, Associate Curator at Saatchi Art, 2019
Art Edit Australian magazine (Winter issue) 2019 "Love it - ones to watch" feature.
Featured artist interview in Creative Ripple Magazine (NZ); January, 2018.
Guest blogger Parkin Drawing Prize website, April 17, 2017.
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.
(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.