Debbie Bakker

I find myself drawn to the tiniest nuances that make our visual world so fascinating and real…distortions through glass, shadows on curled petals, textures of food. I want to bring alive the beauty of these gems in the visual world. The sparkle of sunlight dancing on a crystal vase always captures my attention – the fleeting beauty of reflections and transparencies in everyday objects around us.

As a hyperrealist painter, my painting and decorative illustration all share a passion for this detail – nature, glass, food and floral offer so much wonderful detail to explore! Watercolor gives me the unique opportunity to build up transparent layers to capture texture, translucency and bold color in various surfaces. I strive for a contemporary feel to this traditional medium.

I studied art as a second career, after 15 years educating teachers in literacy techniques, and working with children with reading disabilities. I first fell in love with art through children’s literature, and studied illustration at the Academy of Art University, SF, graduating in 2011. I continue to study with great watercolorists including Geoff McCormick, Soon Y. Warren, Paul Jackson, Carol Carter, Kathleen Alexander, Terri Hill, and Guy Magallenes.

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