Deb Baker Hall

Deb Baker Hall

Contemporary Mixed Media Artist

Lives & creates in Sacramento, CA

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

Discovery about how far I can push paint, paper, graphite, ink, 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 a mixed media artist, working abstractly, I draw heavily on my background as a landscape designer, environmental horticulturist and geology-loving trekker. Through scarred and textured surfaces, torn and degraded papers, broken lines and dimensional “finds”, I reference the places I love best: slot canyons, granite domes, rubble-strewn streams, and any trail ascending to spare, expansive spaces that reveal their geological origins.

 

Likewise, I find pleasure in the flat and papered walls of urban streetscapes and the geometric adjacencies of multi-hued and textured growing fields.  In all ways, my artistic practice mirrors my joy in discovering what lies beneath and within these weathered terrains.

My formal art studies at the University of Akron focused on printmaking.   Mono and relief prints still figure in my work as collage elements and substrates for both my paintings and assemblages. 

For now, my aesthetic interest is in layering fields of color, texture and pattern with a reference to the strata of my immediate environment, both natural and human constructed.  Working intuitively and from sensorial memory, I’m driven by a deep desired to capture and convey the emotive impact these places have on me.

 

On a more cerebral level, I am hugely intrigued by the cultural associations and feelings specific colors evoke, and of how color adjacencies interact to change the character of any given hue.  My sense is that new works are waiting to emerge from my ongoing exploration and experiments in this direction.

Shows & Exhibitions

2021

Pence Gallery

Exhibit It!

Davis, CA

Jen Tough Gallery

Artist Alliance

Member Show (On-line)

Santa Fe, NM

Verge Center for the Arts

Sac Open Studio Pre-view Show

Sacramento, CA

2020

Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary

Modern Art National Juried Exhibition

Plano, TX

Flagler County Art League

HONORABLE MENTION AWARD

Every Color Has A Story Juried Exhibition

Palm Coast, FL 

 

Verge Center for the Arts

Annual Auction (Juried)

Sacramento, CA

Blue Line Gallery

New Member Exhibit

Roseville, CA

 

SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Blue Line Gallery

Member Medley

Roseville, CA

2019

SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Verge Center for the Arts

Annual Auction (Juried)

Sacramento, CA

2018

SAC Open Studio Tour

Sacramento, CA

Verge Center for the Arts

Annual Auction (Juried)

Sacramento, CA

Education

2016

Creative Vision Program

Art 2 Life Academy

Marin, CA

1991 - 1995

Mary Schiller Myers School of Art

University of Akron

(Emphasis in Printmaking)

Akron, OH