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Deb Manley
Deb Manley
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Midnight Conversation

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Tension

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Vision

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Untitled Nude

About Deb Manley

Deb Manley was born in Little Rock and raised in California. She moved to Fayetteville in 1984 and considers it home. Deb studied art at LR Central High where she first connected with a teacher and was introduced to the formal elements of the visual arts. She took a drawing course at UALR in the early ‘70s, and later carried a full load of studio art courses at the UA. Deb returned to the UA in 1990 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1993- a first generation college graduate - with a degree in Creative Writing. While she continued to sketch throughout the years, she only recently returned to more traditional materials focusing primarily on portraiture and figure study.

Figure drawing is what interests me. I would rather draw or paint someone with unusual physical qualities, interesting body language, rather than the normally accepted concept of beauty. I’m attracted to an averted gaze, a defiant stance, slumped shoulders, a tilt of the head - faces and body language that reveal a truth, sexuality, or emotions either dark or light. I am drawn to muses who evoke a sense of connection to my own and others’ experiences and feelings. Most importantly I look for heart. I try to convey something more than what is reflected in my eye. I want a resemblance to my subject matter, but also something deeper, something that evokes a relatable feeling in me and the viewer.

About the art

Deb Manley was born in Little Rock and raised in California. She moved to Fayetteville in 1984 and considers it home. Deb studied art at LR Central High where she first connected with a teacher and was introduced to the formal elements of the visual arts. She took a drawing course at UALR in the early ‘70s, and later carried a full load of studio art courses at the UA. Deb returned to the UA in 1990 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1993- a first generation college graduate - with a degree in Creative Writing. While she continued to sketch throughout the years, she only recently returned to more traditional materials focusing primarily on portraiture and figure study.

Figure drawing is what interests me. I would rather draw or paint someone with unusual physical qualities, interesting body language, rather than the normally accepted concept of beauty. I’m attracted to an averted gaze, a defiant stance, slumped shoulders, a tilt of the head - faces and body language that reveal a truth, sexuality, or emotions either dark or light. I am drawn to muses who evoke a sense of connection to my own and others’ experiences and feelings. Most importantly I look for heart. I try to convey something more than what is reflected in my eye. I want a resemblance to my subject matter, but also something deeper, something that evokes a relatable feeling in me and the viewer.