I am a Cambridgeshire artist working digitally, in ceramics and in pen & ink creating drawings of local scenes and familiar things.
Following a brief pottery apprenticeship with Chris Soule early in the 1980s I went to Medway College of Design to study ceramics. In those days if you wanted to collect visual information you had to do so by drawing and (because we were studying ceramics) no-one tried to put you off drawing in pen & ink. I have run a studio ever since leaving art college making a wide variety of objects: reduction fired stoneware and acrylic paintings from my studio in Warwickshire in the 1980s; large lustreware decorated bowls and stoneware domesticware in the 1990s from my studio in City Road in Cambridge; screen printing and embroidered textiles in the 2000s; and finally the move towards pen & ink and digital art. All of these activities have been underpinned by observational drawing and my use of sketchbooks.
Throughout my career I have worked creatively, learning new skills and getting to grips with a variety of industrial processes. I have applied this creativity to changing times and new technologies, perpetually re-inventing myself. So many things that were technically impossible when I started in art school (you couldn’t even take a photograph easily in those days) are now possible with the click of a button from my chair at home. I am currently building up a selection of prints of my work which you can buy via this website and am exploring all of the different ways in which my designs can be applied to those familiar things that I love to draw…
You can join me on Patreon www.patreon.com/deboracaneart; on one of my face to face workshops in Cambridge, Saffron Walden, or Flatford Mill; visit me at Cambridge Open Studios; or my pottery class at Bottisham Village College on a Thursday night.