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“Sometimes I feel like it’s a little sloppy, but I like it. I practice because I am not the best artist, but not the worst either. I want to make sure it’s a real drawing.”

Debra Belsky was born in 1961 and has been working at Gateway Arts since 2007. is an artist driven by a natural desire to feel happy. Her artistic practice serves as a reflection on how to attain that joy. The deliberate choice of materials lends a certain playfulness to the work. Additionally, dark humor allows the viewer to realize the depth of the artist’s anxieties. Once a week, she experiences the power of horseback riding and the calming joy it provides. Portraits of horses and people populate Belsky’s paintings and sculptures. She illustrates her inner turmoil and desires in a primitive form of portraiture. Brightly colored backgrounds bring ones attention to the emotionally charged characters. Her subject’s facial features leave no room for question. Their straightforward expressions tell the viewer exactly how they are feeling. Belsky often refers to these characters as ‘me’, making it apparent, that the works are self-portraits.

Belsky has exhibited her work in Massachusetts at the Gateway Gallery, Drive- by Projects, the Fuller Craft Museum, Barneys NY retail outlet and the Mall at Chestnut Hill.

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