It has been a number of years since we have exhibited the playful and whimsical works by the busy and nationally recognized humorous writer, Debbie Tomassi, so it is with great pleasure that we again have the opportunity to share here newest works with our collectors.
For many years Tomassi was a regular contributor of paintings to the gallery, especially around Valentine's Day with her heart felt and romantic look at the world through the eyes of a humorous writer and hopeless romantic.
With this new exhibit, "The Friendship Garden" Debbie Tomassi collaborates with her good friend and well-known ceramic artist, Gina Holt as they combine skills and artistic direction in a variety of works. These works will be both individual and collaborative works based on the floral garden.
Debbie Tomassi is a painter, writer, illustrator and surface designer. She is an artist with a tireless imagination who creates in nearly every medium there is.
Her career began at American Greetings as a humorous writer and illustrator where she spent more than 25 years not only writing and illustrating thousands of greeting cards but she also had the pleasure of designing in many other products in the social expression and gift industry.
Debbie has established an enviable track record of sales, as well as a noteworthy clientele that includes Design Design, Inc., Smilebox, Ronnie Sellers Publishing, Leap Year Publishing, Little Brown Publishing, Madison Park Greetings, Microsoft, NobleWorks, and American Greetings / Recycled Paper Greetings, Current, and Gina B.
In 2010, Debbie was awarded the highly prestigious Reuben Award for the Greeting Card Category by the National Cartoonists Society in New York City at their Annual Banquet. She is nominated again this year.
Her colorful and witty collections, adapt well to all types of products, from stationery and greeting cards, to gifts and novelty items, as well as home decor. Debbie creates art that will bring a touch of whimsy and style to the market place.
Her latest venture features her designs printed on linen tea towels, canvas pillows, and silk scarves.
She lives and works out of her home studio in a beautifully forested area of Seattle with her husband, cat, and assorted woodland creatures. She is inspired by nature, her love of gardening and the colorful world around her.
Originally from New York, Gina Holt currently resides in the Pacific Northwest where she works from her home studio.
Born in 1959, Gina says that she inherited her creativity from her father, a dancer, and her mother, an artist. As a child she loved to spend her spare time drawing, painting and making up imaginary characters for the stories she illustrated.
Gina received a BA in art from the University of Oregon, where she focused on printmaking, illustration and painting. After graduating, she augmented her creative abilities by taking classes in ceramic hand-building at Pottery Northwest.
She has since experienced an unending joy of working with clay, as this medium allows her to transform the 2-D media she is so familiar with into virtual 3-D canvases that simultaneously employ her drawing, sculpting and painting skills.
Gina's most recent works are colorful, botanical - inspired sculptures that can either stand alone or hang on the wall. Inspirations for these life-like creations begin with her study of intricate nature photos and live plants from the garden. Gina's eye-catching works emerge as she molds complexity, light and shadow into the clay. The addition of multiple layers of combined glazes and textures enhance and complete each unique work of art. Gina then signs, numbers, and writes on the back of each botanical piece a sentimental meaning that primarily derives from Victorian era- floral dictionaries, making each and every sculpture a thoughtful experience.
Gina began selling her works in 1991 through gift galleries and juried shows and now exhibits in fine art galleries.
Her devoted groupies know very well that her works in clay started as floral-themed mirrors and architectural-style clocks. A number of her followers are thrilled to have more than a handful of these collectible items gracing the walls of their homes.
There is an optimism and delightful cheerfulness to Gina's work and her art has gained attention across the United States.