Debra Radke
Artist BIO

     Debra Radke creates landscape-based paintings and mixed media monoprints that straddle the ambiguous space between abstraction and realism. Her work speaks about the landscape of the human condition in our world. Mother Forms, a series of recurring shapes derived from quick landscape sketches, are the structural basis of her imagery. At a residency in the village of Lessidren, Bulgaria, the local sheep took up residence in her landscapes and remain as one of her Mother Forms. Others include thresholds, the vortex, pods and connected pairs.
     Debra received an MFA in painting and printmaking from USF in Tampa, Florida. She has received many awards; among her top favorites are the PHI Kappa PHI Fellowship Award for graduate studies and the 2nd Award Purchase Prize and International Residency in Lessidren, Bulgaria. Retired from teaching, Debra creates in her Studio 212, gathering multiple threads into a tapestry of her life’s work as an artist. She has exhibited her work in Bulgaria, Canada, France, Ireland, NYC, Spain and the UK, along with many states across the US.      
     In March, Artist Judith K. Brodsky selected Debra’s Monoprint titled, “All That Glitters…” to be part of The MGNE 5th National Monotype/Monoprint Exhibition opening May 6 – Sept 2, 2018 at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA. Debra’s work will also be on exhibit in the juried show “Seeing Now” at Ybor Gallery at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Opening June 28 – July 31, 2018.
DJR 6/2018