Deborah Moss works from her countryside studios in Wainui, North Auckland.
Drawing upon the dynamism of her rural surroundings, she translates her environment to her artworks creating poetic expressions, energetic gestures and stories that reveal a powerful alchemy of forces between the natural world and her interior vision.
Her approach to painting is process driven – a sensory experience which encourages the work to develop on its own accord through rich layers of paint and response to surface discoveries.
After graduating from the University of Auckland with a MA (Hons) degree in Sociology, Deborah worked as a journalist and then in the visual arts as Director of a Fine Art gallery in Auckland. Her passion for developing her own practice led her to complete several arts education courses including the Creative Visionary Mentoring Program facilitated by established artist and art teacher Nicholas Wilton (USA, 2018/2019).
The artist exhibits regularly in New Zealand and Australia and her works are in private national and international collections. She was the supreme winner of the 2022 Craigs Investment Partners Prize (Wanaka) and has been a finalist in other national art awards including: the 2022 National Contemporary Art Award (Waikato Museum); Parkin Drawing Prize (Wellington, 2022); Walker and Hall Waiheke 2-D Art Awards (2020/2021 Auckland); the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award (Hamilton, 2020); Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award, (ArtsPost/Waikato Museum, 2016.)
Every time Deborah sells an original artwork a native tree is planted on her rural property as part of her “Planting hope” initiative to help the environment.