Deborah Howard-Page

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(415) 305-6440

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SF OPEN STUDIOS
WEEKEND 3: POTRERO HILL
OCT 26-27, CENTRAL + EAST
547 Arkansas Street
547 ARKANSAS ST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107
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Initially inspired by a few photographs of wild birds in a U.K. newspaper, I felt compelled to paint them, including dark suggestions of progressively disappearing wildlife habitats, such as tree branches, nests, holes, or bird houses over ghostly backgrounds, which may reveal bits of decorative "wall" paper, hinting at an invading progression of human domesticity.
I tried taking my own photographs, but quickly realized my equipment and I were not up to the task. So I began to search online, always requesting permission from the photographers to use their images.

Employing oil paints, pastels, inks, and colored pencils over layers of wax encaustics on wood panels, often incorporating gold leaf, bones, feathers, fabric, glitter, old wallpaper, origami and decorative papers, embedded in the wax. A luscious ground for oil paint, wax lends an element of mystery to the finished work, which I find especially appealing.