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

Deborah Sherman is a painter living and working in NYC.  She has often traveled to beautiful destinations to seek new places to inspire her work. Ms. Sherman received a grant to fund an artist's residency at La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, Italy. During a sabbatical year from teaching art she worked intensively at a residency in Dordogne,France. Most recently she received a grant to paint in a lighthouse retreat in Port Bickerton, Nova Scotia.

She has shown work in numerous venues in New York including a one person show in the Mow Gallery at Riverdale Country School and group shows at m55, Bowery, Synchronicity Space, Blue Mountain and other galleries in NYC.  She has also exhibited in galleries in Rome and Berlin.

She received a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship to complete a painting MFA at the Parsons School of Design where she worked with Leland Bell, Larry Rivers and Paul Resika. At the National Academy School she was awarded a merit scholarship to study with portraitist Nelson Shanks.
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2020   NYSS Alumni Exhibition -to view
          Summer Show  Blue Mountain Gallery
          Drawings From the Time of the Coronavirus, LIC Artists
2019    Works on Paper, LIC Art Center, NY **
2018    Nudes Galerie Uno, Berlin
            New Work LIC Art Center, NY**
            Landscapes Virus Gallery, Rome
            Group Show CitideFord Gallery, NT
2017    Landscapes Galerie Uno, Berlin
           Connections Plaxall Gallery LIC, NY
           Works on Paper Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
           New Paintings LIC Art Center, NY**
           Group Exhibit Atlantic Gallery, NYC

2016   Self Portraits Galerie Uno  Berlin, Germany
           Over the Bridge Atlantic Gallery, NY 
           Open Studio LIC Art Center, NY**
           Pittori per la Pittura Studio di Vita, Rome, Italy
           Works on Paper Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2015   New Work LIC Art Center, NY**
           A Group Exhibition LIC-A  Falchi Building, NY
2014   Group Show-curated by Lois Dodd  Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2012   Group Exhibition m55 Gallery,LIC, NY
           New Work LIC Art Center**
2011   Away Atlantic Gallery, NYC
           In the Place We Live m55 Gallery, LIC, NY
           Open Studio LIC Art Center, NY**

           In the Eye of the Beholder LIC , NY
2010   Invitational Blue Mountain Gallery NYC
           Studio Exhibit La Macina di San Cresci, Italy**
2009   Long Island City Open Studios LIC Art Center, NY **
2008   Open Studio Exhibit LIC Art Center, NY **
2006   Recent Work--One Person Show  Mow Art Gallery, Riverdale                 Country School, NY  **
2005   Small Paintings  Blue Mountain Gallery , NYC
2004    Invitational  Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
           Selected Works  Mow Gallery, Riverdale Country School, NY
2002    Paintings Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2001    Group Show Educational Alliance Gallery, NYC
1997    Works on Paper  Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
           Three Person Show, Synchronicity Space NYC
1997    Group Show- Curated by Gabriel Laderman Bowery Gallery,                NYC

                     ** one-person exhibition
Artist’s Painting Project /"Tenant Of Wildfell Hall" (Frankel Grant)
Residency / La Macina di San Cresci, Greve Italy  (Riverdale Grant)
Artist's Residency / Port Bickerton Lighthouse,NS,Canada (Frankel Grant)
Annenberg Grant- Visiting Artist- NYC Public Schools
Helena Rubenstein Fellowship for Painting-Parsons School of Design
Painting Tuition Scholarship- Summer Program- The Chautauqua Institute
Merit Scholarship for Painting-  National Academy of Design School, NYC
Parsons School of Design, M.F.A., Painting -Studied with Leland Bell, Paul Resika , John Heliker & Larry Rivers
New York Studio School, NY- Studied with Peter Agostini, Graham Nickson,Ruth Miller & Charles Cajori 
Sculpture Center, NY - Studied figure sculpture  with Leonid Lerman
National Academy School, Studied with Serge Hollerbach and Nelson Shanks


Artsy Shark “Featured Artist” article on my work in this on-line publication

PoetsArtists September 2013 #48 “Saturday Night”
This publication featured my painting “Yellow Tights” in a special issue

Pittori Uniti per la Pittura  Catalog featuring work of the international artist group (2016)

Archivio (Anno XXIX Gennaio 2017) “Deborah Sherman” Page 27 Feature article on my work in this art publication

Art Instructor, Riverdale Country School--Taught drawing,painting,printmaking and sculpture to young students 
Artist in Residence, Studio in a School Program, NYC 
The Center for the Arts, NY Life Drawing Instructor