The everyday rational world coexists with a mystical and magical world in Debra Barnhart’s artwork. While she uses realistic subjects, her artworks have an
otherworldly atmosphere. The artist’s influences are wide, ranging from the biological sciences to Eastern mysticism and Western mythology.
Her travels and education have contributed much to her development as an artist. According to Barnhart, her purpose as an artist “is to make the viewer experience
what is magical and spiritual about life and being human. I want to inspire a sense of awe and fascination.”
As a full time artist living in Duluth, Georgia, Barnhart’s home away from home is her studio at Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, Georgia.
Barnhart was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent most of her life living in New Jersey until she and her husband moved to Georgia in 2001. A large part of
Barnhart’s adult life in the north was spent working in the advertising industry in New York City; she was a media buyer for three different advertising agencies in
Manhattan and an account executive at two magazines over a 16-year period. Her last position in New York was as an account executive at Art and Antiques
The artist’s 16 years in New York allowed her to gain exposure to some of the most renowned galleries, museums and art schools in the world on a regular basis. She
was a frequent visitor to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She took several painting classes at the Art Students League of New York
and studied at Parsons School of Design as well. Eventually her love for the visual arts led her to pursue a degree in art. In 1999 she earned of Master of Arts in Fine
Arts from Montclair State University. Although I trained as a painter at Montclair State University in New Jersey where Iearned a Master of Arts in Fine Arts, I have
focused most of my attention on printmaking and digital art over the last few decades, says Barnhart. I enjoy the process-oriented nature of both printmaking and
digital art. Each of these artistic disciplines demands preparation and a series of distinct steps prior to the creation of the final product. Both also rely on
mechanical methods, albeit printmaking, a process developed during the Renaissance, uses a “low-tech” printmaking press.I use Adobe Photoshop and an Apple
MacBook Pro to compose my digital artwork. I have been working with Adobe Photoshop since the early 1990’s when I was working at an advertising agency in New