Deb Baker Hall

Contemporary Mixed Media Artist

Lives & creates in Sacramento, CA


I am a mixed media artist who employs acrylic paints, mono-prints, found papers and other scavenged materials to create what I call "storied surfaces" -- non-representational passages of color, texture, pattern and line meant to convey a sense of time passing, experiences garnered and memories held and fading. 


My work focuses on the archaeology of self -- exploring the essence of personal identity through the building, scoring, abrading and resurfacing of the image plane. 

Discovery, not perfection, is my ultimate goal in art making.

Discovery about how far I can push paint, paper, graphite, inks, pastels and found materials to form a visual narrative.

Discovery of what lights and excites me given the hues, textures, random marks and forms that find their way into my work.

Discovery of how willing I am to risk loss-for-reward as I take each work through a cycle of building, degrading, adding and removing multiple elements and materials.

As an emerging artist, at a mature age, I find myself exploring a most liminal psychic space. I have a lifetime of "was-es" (was this/was that) -- experiences not irrelevant to who I am now but not primary to the life I have unfolding. I am the space of pure potential, both personally and artistically.

Of course, all art is personal. The record of who I've been is referenced in the scared surfaces, torn paper edges, broken lines and often muted colors of my backgrounds. It is the bolder forms, in strong contrast to those backgrounds, that convey the threshold of discovery I now occupy.

Shows & Exhibitions


SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Blue Line Gallery Member Medley

Roseville, CA


SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Verge Center for the Arts

Annual Auction (Juried)

Sacramento, CA


SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Verge Center for the Arts

Annual Auction (Juried)

Sacramento, CA



Creative Vision Program

Art 2 Life Academy

Marin, CA

1991 - 1996

Mary Schiller Meyers School of Art

University of Akron

(Emphasis in Printmaking)

Akron, OH

© 2020 by Deb Baker Hall

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