Deborah Eater applies scraps of recycled paper to a board as a painter applies strokes of paint to a canvas.
Deborah Eater’s painterly collage technique uses images clipped from magazines and catalogs which are de-acidified, buffered, and cut into irregular pieces about 10 mm wide. Piece by piece and layer by layer, she creates images that are something like a cross between a tile mosaic and an oil painting. An 8” x 10” collage may contain up to 1000 individual pieces and take as long as 20 hours to paste. The finished pieces are sealed and varnished for protection against ultraviolet light. Her subject matter is sometimes drawn from nature and sometimes purely abstract, but always filled with winding and curving lines.
Before becoming an artist Deborah Eater trained as an experimental psychologist, taught college classes in social psychology, and worked for the NJ Department of Higher Education. Her creative drive initially found expression through artistic crafts, especially in fiber; she still occasionally gives lessons or demonstrations in knitting, spinning and lacemaking. In 2010, after eight satisfying years teaching art at St. Joseph the Worker Elementary, she embarked on a self-directed program of study to becoming a professional artist.
Deborah Eater studied ceramics at the Pennsylvania State University, and drawing and painting at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. She has won prizes for her work from Fleisher Art Memorial, the Middletown Grange Fair, Stover Mill Gallery, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, and the National Collage Society. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows both regionally (at Artworks Trenton, Artists of Yardley, Ellarslie, John James Audubon Center, Malvern Retreat House, New Hope Art League, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philips Mill, and Stover Mill) and nationally (at Butler Art Museum in Youngstown, OH and Union Street Gallery in Chicago, IL).
Deborah Eater maintains a busy exhibition schedule in southeastern Pensylvania and central-to-southern New Jersey. She teaches art classes and gives workshops in painterly collage at her studio at The Barn in the midst of Community Park in Langhorne. She lives in Levittown and is a member of Artists of Bristol, Roots Artist Collective, New Hope Art League, and the National Collage Society. Collectors, students, and fans can keep abreast of her activities — exhibitions, classes, and works in progress — through a monthly newsletter.