Deb’s unique style, which she calls “soft realism”, is a layering of thought, paint and possibilities.
Louvre Museum, Paris, France Over the years, her work has evolved from a very tight realism to a more fluid, painterly expression. The title artist/illustrator suits her. With degrees and experience in art education, fine arts, and graphic design and an added passion for art history, deb has the experience, knowledge, and curiosity to constantly create new solutions to visual challenges. Rembrandt, Monet, Michelangelo, Jackson Pollock, J. C. Leyendecker, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Bernie Fuchs, Mark English, and particularly a dear friend and teacher Lili Gaydos are just a few of the artists whose work has been her inspiration. Her drawings are realistic and fluid with a wide depth of tones. Working in the traditional mediums of watercolor, pastel, oil and pencil with a dash of digital, deb’s work reflects a touch of the old masters combined with her own vision. “My work has always been about expression and layers. Layers of thought, layers of pencil and eventually layers of glazed colors. The result is what I call “soft realism” which leaves room for the imagination. The brushstrokes and pencil strokes are a part of the image rather than masked. Part of my expression is to say that even in this digital world, the human touch of a hand can create magic.” deb’s work has been published in print, web and advertising worldwide. Her “Homeless Christ” has been printed and displayed in books, magazines, churches, homeless shelters and more, reaching from Key West to Australia, while her illustrations appear on products reaching from the local pet store to the watering holes of Cambodia where Kingdom Breweries showcased her drawings of Cambodian wildlife including the Kouprey, Cambodia’s national animal. self publishing children's book illustrator deb hoeffnerdeb’s portraits are not just about capturing a likeness but rather finding the special spark that lives behind the eyes in pencil and paint. Her award-winning portrait of “Grandfather Many Crows”, a beloved local tribal leader, was printed as part of his last wish gift to reservations across the country and is now in the collection of the Native American Alliance of Bucks County. Her drawings of animals have been featured in the Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing annuals published by North Light Books and a pencil portrait of a sheep, titled “Howell Farm Dreadlocks” was featured in the book “Art Journey Animals: A Collection of Inspiring Contemporary Masterworks” also published by North Light Books. Deb has designed and illustrated three award-winning children’s books, “All You Want And Then Some” and “Lucky: The Tale of a Tree”, and “Forever Home: Tales of Four Lucky Dogs”. Her newest books are “A Friend On The Porch” and “Benjamin’s Gift”.