Featured Artist Deborah Sherman

Painter Deborah Sherman presents a portfolio of artwork in her layered, signature style. Enjoy, and be sure to visit her website for more from this talented artist.


Colors in the Studio
“Colors in the Studio,” acrylic, 20″ x 24″


My work has been inspired by my study of nature, as embodied in the figure, landscape, and still life.



“Sunlight,” oil, 12″ x 12″


Although I have worked in diverse media, my strongest efforts have been directed toward developing an expressive painting technique combining delicate yet graphic brushwork with intensive layering of color, to delineate evanescent human experience.


Yellow Tights

“Yellow Tights,” acrylic, 24″ x 20″


I live and work in New York City. I have shown work in numerous venues including a one person show in the Mow gallery at Riverdale Country School and group shows at m55, Bowery, Synchronicity Space and other galleries in New York.


Self Portrait

“Self Portrait,” acrylic and oil, 20″ diameter


I received a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship to complete a painting MFA at the Parsons School of Design where I worked with Leland Bell, Larry Rivers and Paul Resika. At the National Academy School I was awarded a merit scholarship to study with portraitist Nelson Shanks.



“Carl,” acrylic, 20″ diameter


I have often visited Europe to paint and view the art of the past. Recently I received a grant to fund an artist’s residency at La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, Italy.


Striped Tights

“Striped Tights,” acrylic, 26″ x 20″


Current projects include a sequence of figures in interiors that combine psychological representation with poetic modulations in color and form. Dolls, landscapes and flowers are images that continue to fascinate me.


The Dolls Dream

“The Doll’s Dream,” oil, 20″ x 20″


I work to develop themes that have become increasingly important to me: the embodiment of feeling in chromatic and structural forms, the expression of highly personal meaning through accessible representation of the visible world, the immanence of a unique and universal past in the single moment.


From the Studio

“From the Studio,” acrylic, 20″ diameter


I am available for commissions of portraits of yourself, family member or your doll!


Deborah Sherman invites you to follow her on Facebook.



  1. I stumbled across artsyshark by accident where as I got the privilege to view your work. The portraits off faces and figures have intrigued me. The coalescing off body language and facial expression is in my opinion what will and does set you apart from other artists. I look forward to seeing more off your work in the future. There is a certain hesitation on my part in expressing the qualities that to me make something special. I don’t want to influence an artist into over thinking a process that with given appearances is ‘natural’.

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