Deborah FitzGerald is an artist and a children’s books author. She was born in northern California and transplanted to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas between two lakes and two rivers. She has traveled and lived in many places while accompanying her military husband during his 20 active duty years in service to this country. During that time, she visited many museums around the world, met with numerous fellow artists while raising their family and observing life. Deborah currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, Steven, and their sweet kitty, Vinnie.
Deborah has a BSE in art education with focus in drawing from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and a Master’s of Interdisciplinary Studies focused in painting and crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has taken classes at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, where Henry Cole, author and illustrator, was her inspiring teacher.
Deborah has been an art instructor in Fairfax County Public School, where she encouraged students to explore ways to express their thoughts in “a visual format”, which could be drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and clay or computer arts.
She has always called herself as an artist. It is almost as if she can hear the pencil or paint brush calling to her. She would describe most of her work by saying it is full of life’s little moments. Observing people and animals has always been enjoyable to her and visually expressing those tiny moments in time has been her area of focus.
Deborah is the author of Sadie’s Smile, and has many other projects on the way.