Debra Bretton Robinson biography


Debra Bretton Robinson is an artist residing in Tyngsborough, MA and a participant in the vibrant Lowell, MA art scene.  She grew up in Plaistow, NH and has been inspired by the New England landscapes surrounding her throughout her life.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston where she met her husband.  Her acrylic paintings on canvas concentrate on places she encounters everyday in her life or places she frequents, mainly because of her husband who loves to fish. Her style borders between representational and abstract enlisting New England architecture as a base while using bold, contrasting colors for a contemporary edge. The colors and lines of her paintings are inspired by Matisse during the Fauvist movement and The Seven, a group of painters working in Canada at the turn of the 20th Century. The talents of several other artists she continues to draw upon are: William Henry Johnson, Tommy Thompson, Lawren Harris, Emily Carr, Alice Neel and Edward Hopper. Jazz and Blues music continue to be a force in her work.
Debra works out of her studio at 122 Western Avenue, Lowell MA #213. She can be contacted through her email address. Debra’s work is currently represented  at several online galleries including the Saatchi Gallery in London, FineArtAmerica.com and the Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ but has frequent  exhibitions in the New England area.

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Debra Bretton Robinson CV

73 Red Gate Road Rd,

Tyngsborough, MA 01879






1991 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting. Student of Kofi Kayiga and Paul Celli

1985-1987 New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA

Major: Fashion Illustration/ Fine Art. Student of Audrey Goldstein and Arnold Trachtman

Related Education

2008 courses:  History of Sound Art, Art in Revolution,

1994 Paper Making Workshop, Teachers Association, Baltimore, MD

1996 Mathematics in Art Workshop, Lesley College, Boston, MA


Awards and Grants

2006 Chelmsford Art Society, Annual Show, awarded honorable mention in collage category

2002 Massachusetts Cultural Council, grant awarded to paint “Portraits of Seniors” and to display this exhibit in Chelmsford, MA

2000 Snow Show 2000, Derry, NH, awarded 2nd place in the acrylics category



2005, 2007 Nashua Art Association, Nashua, NH  taught workshops on collage to members

2005, 2007 Chelmsford Art Association, Chelmsford, MA  taught workshops on collage to members

2004 Chelmsford Art Association,Chelmsford, MA taught workshop on acrylic portrait painting


Memberships and Affiliations

2001- present Chelmsford Art Society

board member, volunteer position, exhibits coordinator, artist member

responsibilities included: Jurying artwork, hanging shows, curating exhibits for several local gallery spaces.

2003-2009 Arts League of Lowell artist member

2009- present Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA


Featured Magazines/Interviews

2013 Dacey’s Diva’s, artist interview on Chelmsford Public Access TV

2012 Lowell Telecommunications, artist interview

2011 Classic Elite Yarns, annual brochure, artwork featured

2011 Good Morning Gloucester, online magazine, artwork and video interview featured

2011 Cape Ann Magazine, paintings featured in the Spring issue

2010 Good Morning Gloucester, online magazine, artwork featured

2008 Lowell Sun Newspaper,  Steppin’ Out arts section interview by John Greenwald

2008 Adirondack Review, artwork featured

2008 The Poetry Victims, guest artist

1999 It’s All About the Arts, Boston Neighborhood cable TV interview by Glenn Williams


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2017 Mandarin Gallery, Lowell, MA, “Follow the River”, one woman show

2016 Gleason Public Library, Carlisle, MA, “Finding Greenough”, group show

2016 Daniels Gallery, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, MA, one woman show

2015 New TV Gallery, Newton, MA, group show

2015 Newton Free Public Library, one woman exhibit

2014 Artscape, Bradford Mill, “Trees: Branching Out”, juried group show, West Concord, MA

2014 Suffolk University,  lease of  5 paintings for one year at 73 Tremont St., Boston

2014 Flock Gallery, Manchester, NH, juried group show

2013 South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, “COOL”, a National Group Show juried by Joseph Carroll

2013 Suffolk University Gallery, Boston, MA, Group Show, “Out in the World”

2013 Blue Glass Café, John Hancock Tower, Boston, MA, group show

2013 Cassidy Gallery, Jackson, NH, represented

2012 Arsenal Center for the Arts,  Watertown, MA, group show

2012 Albright Gallery, Concord, MA, represented

2012 Festival by-the sea, Manchester, MA outdoor show

2011 Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA painting was selected for “The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series” Show.  Artists were selected by a national jury and BCA staff.  Group show

2011 Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, online representation

2011 Joncien Gallery, Rockport, MA, represented

2011 Alchemy Gallery, Gloucester, MA, “Out of the Cold”, one woman show, paintings of Cape Ann

2010 Your Documents Please, Traveling Group show exhibited in Mexico, Japan, Bratslava, and New York City

2010 The Sketchbook Project, Exhibiting artist’s sketchbooks at the Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NYC

2010 Jericho Project , Art exhibit and sale benefitting the Jericho Project Fund, Concord, MA

2010 Children’s Hospital, Corporate art Collection, Peabody MA three pieces on permanent exhibition

2009 Western Avenue Studios Gallery, Lowell, MA, “Dirty Smelly Noisy 2” exhibit demonstrating that artists are able to be inspired and create despite working in such a “dirty, smelly and noisy” work space  

2009  Art Festival, Manchester-by-the-sea, Manchester, MA, outdoor show

2008  119 Gallery, Lowell, MA Group show on “The Mask”

2007 ALL Gallery, Lowell, MA artist/writer collaboration project during Jack Kerouac month

2007 Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA  5″ x5″ sized paintings, group show

2007 Stonehill College, Easton, MA “The Immigrant Experience”, a juried exhibition.

2007 Merrimack College, North Andover,MA

“In Our Towns”, a juried exhibition held during the Inaugural Reception for Governor Deval Patrick

2006- present Saatchi Gallery, London, England

Invited to display artwork in online gallery at http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/your gallery

2006–present Lowell Open Studios, Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA

2006 Art League of Lowell Gallery, Pollard Exchange Site, Lowell, MA

group show during the Lowell Folk Festival

2006 WCSH Sidewalk Art Festival, Portland, Maine Summer outdoor show

2006 Pascarelli Gallery, Worcester, MA online exhibition at http://pascarelligallery.net

2006 Whistler House Museum, Lowell, MA juried show

2006 Billerica Public Library, Billerica, MA invitational Women’s week “Hats” show

2006 The Niche Gallery, Lowell, MA represented

2005 Art League of Lowell Gallery, Lowell, MA two person show, juried

2005 Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston MA invitational group show for the Boston Drawing Project

2005 Concord Free Public Library, Concord, MA juried two person show

2004 Summer Place Gallery, Chelmsford, MA one woman show

2004 Evos Gallery, Lowell, MA invitational show for Lowell Folk Festival

2004 Summer Place Gallery, Chelmsford, MA group show

2004 Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA juried members show

2004 Nashua Art Association, Nashua, NH group show

2004 Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA juried show

2003 Higher Ground Coffee House, Lowell, MA group show

2003 Middlesex Art Beat Open Studios group show

2003 Art Center of Chelmsford, Chelmsford, MA group show

2003 Greeley Park Show, Nashua, NH summer outdoor show

2003 Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, MA one woman show

2003 Art on the Common, Chelmsford Art Society, group show

2002 Middlesex Art Beat Open Studios, exhibited at Gilson’s Herb Lyceum in Groton, MA

2002 – 2006 Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA drawings included in the “Boston Drawing Project”

2001 Parish Center for the Arts, Westford, MA, group show

2000 Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA, group show

2000 Mass Bay Community College, group show

2000 Boston Public Library, W. Roxbury Branch group show

2000 Innovative Moves Gallery, Roslindale, MA group show

1999- 2001 Indigena Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA represented in co-operative space

1999 Spring House Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, one woman show

1999 Boston Public Library, Boston, MA one woman show

1996 Kids Palace Daycare, Boston, MA painted four murals, ongoing exhibit

1995 Baltimore Public Library, Glen Burnie, MD one woman show

1994 Towson Art Festival, Towson, MD, group show and sale

1992 Walpole Players, Walpole, MA, created murals and papier mache sculpture for the

production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.

1991 Harvard Square USA Art Show, Cambridge, MA group show and sale

1991 Arnheim Gallery, Boston, MA, group show

1990 Tower Gallery, Boston, MA, group show


frequently asked questions:

  • How is the artwork shipped?  USPS
  • Will it come framed? Yes.  All my paintings are framed with a very simple, thin but wide wood frame which complements the piece but is easy to replace if desired.
  • How soon will I receive it?  At the most, one week.
  • What are the shipping costs?  It depends on the size of the piece.  Anywhere between $20.00 and $100.00
  • Is the work insured?   It will be insured by USPS.  What do I do in case of damage?  Discuss with USPS and with me.  If I am able to repair it, I will.
  • Do you have a guarantee or return policy?  Yes, I have a 14 days from receipt return policy, customer pays return shipping.
  • Does the item come with a Certificate of Authenticity?  yes.
  • How is it maintained or cleaned?  I would recommend light dusting with a soft cloth or paper towel for light dust.  For heavier dirt, use a moistened paper towel (with a little water).  GENTLY wiping back and forth, taking care that color does not come off with the dirt.

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