Deborah Friedman

Deborah Friedman

Top Featured Artist | ArtTour International NY.

Stonework Symphony:

The Art of Visual Narratives of Deborah Friedman

By Viviana Puello

In the realm of contemporary art, it is rare to encounter works that compel the viewer to pause and reflect, to engage with the piece beyond a superficial glance.    Deborah Friedman’s meticulous compositions achieve precisely this effect—inviting introspection and appreciation for the subtle interplay of light, shadow, and color.

Her chosen medium, colored pencil, demands patience and precision.    Through this, she has mastered the delicate balance of color relationships, crafting images that resonate with a quiet intensity.    Each piece is a testament to her dedication, often requiring weeks of concentrated effort to bring the brief into a state of permanence.

“The Wall” Colored Pencil, 11″x29″ by Deborah Friedman.

Deborah Friedman – Top Featured Artist.

Friedman’s artistry lies not just in her technical skill but in her ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.   Stones, a common element in her work, are reimagined into structures and landscapes that exist both within and beyond the confines of their frames.    There is a narrative in the arrangement of stones, a story unfolding in the spaces between them.

The artist’s creative process is an odyssey in itself.    It begins with a concept, a vision in her mind’s eye that she diligently brings to life through her arrangements.    The photograph serves as a mere stepping stone, a preliminary sketch to which she adds depth, texture, and soul.

“Counterpoint In Green” Colored Pencil, 21″x15″ by Deborah Friedman

What is most striking about Friedman’s works is the palpable sense of serenity they exude.    The calmness is not just seen but felt, a testament to the artist’s ability to convey emotion through still life.    Her pieces invite the viewer to contemplate and find solace in the simplicity and beauty of the natural elements she portrays.

Her series, such as the ‘Cairn Triptych’ and ‘The Wall,’ showcases her evolution as an artist.    From the depiction of solitary stones to more complex arrangements, there is a clear progression in her work.    This evolution mirrors the journey of any true artist—constant growth, exploration, and a deepening of their craft.

“Cairn Triptych” Colored Pencil,10″x29″ by Deborah Friedman.

In an age where art often clamors for attention with loud colors and grandiose themes, Friedman’s work whispers.    It does not demand but rather gently beckons the viewer to look closer, to see the world through her eyes—a world where every stone tells a tale, every shadow holds a mystery, and every hue sings a melody.

It is a pleasure to invite readers to delve further into Deborah Friedman’s world.    To explore the nuances of her work is to embark on a journey that promises to be as rewarding as it is enlightening.   For those who wish to experience this exquisite synthesis of vision and technique, click below to visit the artist’s website and immerse yourself in her gallery of wonders.

Deborah Friedman

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Written by Viviana Puello

Viviana is a Colombo-American Artist, Curator, Writer and Advocate for the arts. Founder of Vivid Arts Network, Create 4 Peace, Artists For A Green Planet, Author of the book “Just Be Inspired,” and an awardwinning director and producer. Viviana Puello founded ArtTour International Magazine in 2011. Since then, she has served as the CEO, Editor-in-Chief, and the face for ArtTour International Magazine.
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