Debra Ramsay, ‘Portrait of a Magnolia’, 2013, IdeelArt
Debra Ramsay, ‘Portrait of a Magnolia’, 2013, IdeelArt

Ramsay’s technique begins with an idea. From there she chooses the appropriate medium and method with which to realize her concept. Much of her work is painted with acrylic paint applied to polyester film, paper or museum board.

Ramsay’s process engages a systematic, mathematical approach heavily influenced by color. She interacts with nature, documents the shifting colors of elements of the natural environment, such as landscapes, fruit, leaves and trees.

This work on paper is about recreating the colors within a magnolia flower and using each color in the same proportions as they appear in the actual flower blossom.

Ramsay’s work is informed by nature, the seasons, changing landscapes and the passing of time. She is inspired by systems, mathematics and geometry, and engaged in the practice of applying those fields of thought to the abstract interpretation of color, space and time.

About Debra Ramsay

American, b. 1957, based in New York, NY, United States