Art is my language and it speaks of how I am innately wired, to search out, be inspired and seek truth. As an inspirational artist, I find my clues from nature, humankind and joy of living and the world beyond. I work in fiber, oil,acrylic, teaching and engaging on all levels in the art world allowing me to fully express any given subject. I hope that you will find in my work, art that resonates with you and allows discovery anew and fresh.
“Digging for clues and knee-deep in paint…” –Debra Goley
It’s the mystery I’m after, not the solution. I have been influenced many times over by a background in architecture, a lifetime of traveling and living abroad, and a love of people.
My process involves putting down multiple layers of design, color and composition, pausing after each layer to strategize over the next color mix and brushstroke. I usually have a recent place in mind or a quote I have read that seeks to be captured in the creative expressive movement in my work. I fall into a purposeful path of discovery: switchbacks, places of rest, milestones and the ultimate visual ending. The fun occurs in unearthing it all, in a way that surprises me. The rest is history and the end result is wherever you end up.
Debra Goley, artist, muralist, and art instructor, pursues her passion to create from within. Her passion lies with the journey and end result is always a surprise reflecting expressions of mystery, awe, love, gratitude, nature, and spirit. Debra’s pieces include various media, acrylic, oil, mixed media and fiber. Debra began her art career as a child with a small sketchbook and pursued it at the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Debra is actively involved in the community, using skills to paint murals at the Maricopa County Burn Unit and in her business, BellaVillaDesign.com, serves as a private art instructor and showcases in various local businesses and galleries in Tuscon, Chandler,Surprise, Goodyear AZ, Las Vegas, LA, San Diego, and Atlanta, Cedar City Utah and Herndon VA.
Debra cannot remember when art was not a major part of her life. She began to sketch at an early age leading to her love of Architecture receiving a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas in 1988. Before graduation, her abilities won her the title of “Best of Show” with the Doyle Wilson Development Corporation with attention to creative design and vision for America’s leisure resort destination in Austin, Texas.
After 15 years of practicing architecture in Washington DC, Debra turned to a full time career of painting in 2000. She currently owns Bella Villa Designs, a decorative design and mural business. Debra served as a Board member and Director of Art Education for The Creative Arts Academy of the West Valley. She owns and operates Debra Goley Art, a studio for teaching art to children of all ages. Her special interests include working with children and helping them develop their own personal creative style. She was recently enlisted by a local elementary school to help K through 6th-grade students develop techniques for shade, shadow, perspective and color contrast as they painted their favorite storybook pictorials in the school’s gymnasium. Debra also completed four murals for the Burn Unit at Maricopa County Hospital, spear-heading this volunteer project. She has assisted with planning/visuals of ball field perspectives for grant initiatives with Estrella Youth Sports and supported the City of Goodyear, in which she resides, with charity art donations for both G.A.I.N. events and the West Valley Arts Council fundraisers to name just a few.
Debra is a member of Estrella Mountain Church, University of Texas Alumni, International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL), Studio Arts Quilts Assoc. national, Texas and Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Visions Gallery, San Diego, CA, and the West Valley Arts Council. Her art has been exhibited at many Phoenix, Arizona civic exhibitions, galleries and businesses, Visions Gallery in San Diego,CA, SUMA, Cedar City, Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery, group artist FIBER AS ART show at HQ Gallery, Surprise AZ and a solo exhibition at The Vault in Culver City, CA. She has exhibited at IQF HOUSTON, AQS Phoenix and Henderson NV annual Arts Festival and won numerous awards. She is published in Directors Cut 2010-2013 quarterly, Life in Estrella as guest artist articles three times, designed two e-book covers, 2 hard print book illustrations, twice seen in SAQA Journal July 2017 and cataloged in Fly Me to The Moon and Herstory: Celebration of Strong Women exhibition books.
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