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Art & Life with Debra Pehrson Haun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debra Pehrson Haun.

Debra, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art is my passion that fuels my curiosity which fuel’s my story.

My desire to make a difference led me to an education degree, but the seeds of passion for art surfaced after my first child was born. In order to stay home with my young sons, I started and operated a textile-design business. Eventually, my curiosity to learn new processes led me to papermaking. I started to combine my textiles with paper to create a jewelry line which led to commissions for paper sculptures in homes.

However, once again my curiosity rose to see what else I could do with paper. It led me to learn and develop surface design techniques that I incorporate into my artwork today. The latest layer to my story or my curiosity was complete after writing my first children’s story. I am happy to say that I am an award-winning illustrator plus a published illustrator in the educational market. Now, I’m working with my literary agent to publish several author/illustrator picture books. I am looking forward to being traditionally published and starting a whole new curiosity that will once again fuel my art.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is a whimsical play of colors, patterns, and textures that are geared towards the children’s market and for those young at heart. My style took a while to discover because of the many layers of different papers that I either create, buy or find on my travels. I find that colors, patterns, and textures tell a story of their own. The immediate color response lets the viewer understand the emotional tone of each piece. I love color for that reason!

I hope each viewer sees my art and views the world a little differently. I hope it brings them joy, a thoughtful pause or comfort! I hope it transcends the usual into a playful connection whether it’s through my nature series or characters that have a story to tell.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Join an art organization, connect on social media, go to local art shows, bookstores, classes or create a creative tribe in your town. You will probably be surprised by how many creatives there are when you start looking. I was fortunate that there was an organization already formed for my writing and illustrating career which is SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)- www.scbwi.org. They have chapters all over the world and put on conferences that are career building, inspirational and tribe building. I have formed many lasting relationships through this organization plus they have made the journey so much more fun!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am happy to say that one of my pieces from THE POND’S LIFE series was commissioned by the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. I have not seen it displayed there yet, but I hope to someday.

You can visit my website, www.debrapehrsonhaun.com follow me on my social media sites through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Right now, I am building a shop that will be announced on those sites or pm me on my website under the “Contact” section. I am happy to give you a quote for artwork either printed on paper, canvas or a giclee limited series print with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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