My husband and I decided to each choose a place that we wanted to experience for the first time when we turned 60. I had always wanted to drink in the landscapes, traditions, history, art, food and wine of Tuscany. From the kitchen where we took cooking lessons to the rooftops of Siena it was the perfect place to photograph. My husband chose Provence, where we reveled in the luscious food, fields of lavender and street musicians of Avignon.
A NH native, Debra Woodward has been interested in creative photography since she was a child with her first Brownie camera. In 2009, she began six years studying with Newburyport photographer Robert Chiller with a goal to master her SLR and grow from taking snapshots to learning what makes a good photograph. She began to understand the importance of shadows and light and of working to get a good shot from the outset, without depending on a lot of post manipulation. Debra enjoys street shooting as well as capturing subjects as diverse as musicians at work, café goers, and horses jumping in the snow.
In 2017 Debra shared a successful show entitled “Café Life” with NH oil painter Peg Murray at the NH Art Association; Debra’s dramatic black and white photographs were a fine contrast and complement to Peggy’s colorful oil paintings. “Escargot” was the centerpiece of her part of this show, and it is exhibited here. This followed her solo show entitled “Tuscan Laundry” and some of these photos are also displayed here. Two others can currently be seen in the “Eye of the Beholder” show at the Seacoast Artists Association in Exeter with interpretations of these photos in oil by award-winning Amesbury painter Bob Richardson, whose work was just seen here at the Weston Gallery in May. Debra began studying oil painting with Mr. Richardson in 2017 and exhibited paintings for the first time in his recent show. Expect to see more from Debra in oils!
Debra is a member of the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter and the Newburyport Art Association. She is also a juried member of the NH Art Association and a former board member. Last month her photograph “Becoming Icarus” was accepted into their 32nd Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibition and can be seen here. Her work has been accepted into the NHAA’s Annual Parfitt Photography Exhibition for the past several years and their 29th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibition in 2015. She was also part of the 2013 and 2015 annual Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Juried Exhibitions, and this past November her photograph “Escargot”, seen here in this show, won Honorable Mention. In 2014 her photo “Purple Blanket” was awarded Best in Photography at the Newburyport Art Association Winter Juried Exhibition, Part 1.
Turning 60 in Tuscany will be on exhibit in the downstairs Weston Gallery throughout the month of June, 2018. Debra would like to invite everyone to her reception on Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 PM for pizza and conversation!