Deborah Vass is a contemporary print-maker and painter based in Diss, Norfolk. Her work springs from her observation and recording of the local wildlife and landscape in both detailed sketchbook drawings and photography. Many of her bird studies are made in her garden, which adjoins the Mere, and includes favourite garden and water birds.
She has a lifelong love of natural history, which began with observing garden birds with her grandfather, in an urban garden in Wolverhampton, to exploring and drawing in rural and remote parts of the UK, as well as the local fens and North Norfolk coast.
She enjoys the clarity of line and simplicity that can be achieved in lino and favours the graphic boldness of black and white. Each print is the culmination of many sketches and photographs made from life which are then developed and refined into a design in her studio. She aims to capture the manner and behaviour of the bird and her prints are always rooted in her observation and experience.
Deborah’s work has been exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists, The Society of Graphic Fine Art and The Society of Women Artists. It has also featured in various magazines, including ‘Homes and Gardens’, ‘The Artists and Illustrator Magazine’ and ‘The Artist’. Most recently her bird prints have featured in the book ‘Wings Over Water’ a Celebration of Birds and Printmaking’.
Deborah is currently Exhibiting and Tutoring at EJaRt Creative