Debbie Kurlansky Winer

Artist Biography

Debbie is a painter who works in encaustic, acrylic, oil and pastel.  Formally trained at Massachusetts College of Art, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art Education.

Following the completion of her studies, she worked at MassArt for more than a decade developing innovative visual arts programs serving Boston school children. She then joined the private-sector where she was a marketing and product development professional for twenty years creating over 100 award-winning products sold in the toy, hobby and art materials industries.

Now, in her “what’s next” career she has been exploring painting & mixed media.

Artist Statement

For several years I was captivated by encaustic painting. I created a series of paintings depicting the “industrial geometry” of Fenway Park. This work features encaustic pigments, oil paint & sticks, pastels, grease pencils, India ink and layered translucent papers resulting in a luminous “painterly” surface. Out of a desire to work larger, I have embarked on explorations of acrylic, oil, and mixed-media on canvas. Inspirations include Kandinsky’s vibrant melodic color palette and buoyant use of shape. Most recently, to hone my observation skills, I have been studying portrait painting. I am looking forward to wherever this journey leads.

Debbie is a past board member of the Council for Art Education. She is a current member of the Newton Art Association and has exhibited annually in Newton Open Studios. Juried group shows include: Woodruff’s Gallery, Mashpee, MA, the New Art Center, NEW TV, Newton City Hall, and the Fence Art Project.


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