Deborah Brown was born in January of 1951 in Buffalo, New York. Her family lived in Niagara Falls while her father was with Dupont. One and a half years later, they returned south to her mother's hometown of Bartlett, Tennessee. Here she grew up a little wild, playing in surrounding woods and creeks, riding her horse in cow pastures, enjoying the companionship of several stray dogs and cats. She studied art at the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee.
These pieces were created during the period of time when I was my mother's live-in caregiver. Moving into my childhood home, entering into such personal caregiving, I was very naive about the influence and impact the experience would create.
My art nurtured and amused me. It gave me an escape. It depressed me. I wanted it to go away and never come back. Yet some days, it saved me. Something as simple as making marks on a canvas . . .
Something as simple as living a life.