In my work I give a glimpse into the world in all its wonder as refracted by one individual. One of my paintings may take weeks, even months to complete, but ultimately it represents a single moment.

My work has been inspired by the study of of nature, as embodied in the figure, landscape, and still life. Dolls, expansive scenes and the detailed textures of trees and grasses, constellations of flowers, the inexhaustibly expressive contours of the human face are images that continue to fascinate.

I consider brushstroke to be my handwriting; it works along with the other elements of painting—line, shape, color—to express my vision, the world as I see it and the emotions this world evokes. Within the painting, brushstrokes are spontaneous yet as eloquent as gestures.

The study of light drives the work. Each touch of color relates to the entire surface and creates an effect that transmits my experience to the viewer. The works are obviously, proudly hand-painted. The signs of the brush, the traces of my eye and energy, make it clear that they were not machine-made. When I feel I have expressed my vision I declare the work is done.


Deborah Sherman is a painter living and working in NYC. She has often traveled to beautiful destinations to seek new places to inspire her work. Ms. Sherman received a grant to fund an artist's residency at La Macina di San Cresci in Chianti, Italy. During a sabbatical year from teaching art she worked intensively at a residency in Dordogne,France. Most recently she received a grant to paint in a lighthouse retreat in Port Bickerton, Nova Scotia.

She has shown work in numerous venues in New York including a one person show in the Mow Gallery at Riverdale Country School and group shows at m55, Bowery, Synchronicity Space, Blue Mountain and other galleries in NYC. She has also exhibited in galleries in Rome and Berlin.

She received a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship to complete a painting MFA at the Parsons School of Design where she worked with Leland Bell, Larry Rivers and Paul Resika. At the National Academy School she was awarded a merit scholarship to study with portraitist Nelson Shanks.


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 2022 Members Exhibition Equity Gallery, NYC

 2021  NYSS Alumni Exhibiition Online 

OPEN Online Exhibition curated by Sergio Gomez

2020  Navigating 2020  Online

 NYSS Alumni Exhibition

Summer Show Blue Mountain Gallery Online 

Drawings From the Time of the Coronavirus, LIC Artists Online

2019 Works on Paper, LIC Art Center, NY **

2018 Nudes Galerie Uno, Berlin

New Work LIC Art Center, NY**

Landscapes Virus Gallery, Rome

Group Show CitideFord Gallery, NY

2017 Landscapes Galerie Uno, Berlin

Connections Plaxall Gallery LIC, NY

Works on Paper Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC

New Paintings LIC Art Center, NY**

Group Exhibit Atlantic Gallery, NYC

2016 Self Portraits Galerie Uno Berlin, Germany

Over the Bridge Atlantic Gallery, NY

Open Studio LIC Art Center, NY**

Pittori per la Pittura Studio di Vita, Rome, Italy

Works on Paper Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC

2015 New Work LIC Art Center, NY**

A Group Exhibition LIC-A Falchi Building, NY

2014 Group Show-curated by Lois Dodd Prince Street Gallery, NYC

2012 Group Exhibition m55 Gallery,LIC, NY

New Work LIC Art Center**

2011 Away Atlantic Gallery, NYC

In the Place We Live m55 Gallery, LIC, NY

Open Studio LIC Art Center, NY**

In the Eye of the Beholder LIC , NY

2010 Invitational Blue Mountain Gallery NYC

Studio Exhibit La Macina di San Cresci, Italy**

2009 Long Island City Open Studios LIC Art Center, NY **

2008 Open Studio Exhibit LIC Art Center, NY **

2006 Recent Work--One Person Show Mow Art Gallery, Riverdale

Country School, NY **

2005 Small Paintings Blue Mountain Gallery , NYC

2004 Invitational Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC

Selected Works Mow Gallery, Riverdale Country School, NY

2002 Paintings Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC

2001 Group Show Educational Alliance Gallery, NYC

1997 Works on Paper Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC

Three Person Show, Synchronicity Space NYC

 Group Show- Curated by Gabriel Laderman Bowery Gallery, NYC

** one-person exhibition


Artist’s Painting Project /"Tenant Of Wildfell Hall" (Frankel Grant)

Residency / La Macina di San Cresci, Greve Italy (Riverdale Grant)

Artist's Residency / Port Bickerton Lighthouse,NS,Canada (Frankel Grant)

Annenberg Grant- Visiting Artist- NYC Public Schools

Helena Rubenstein Fellowship for Painting-Parsons School of Design

Painting Tuition Scholarship- Summer Program- The Chautauqua Institute

Merit Scholarship for Painting- National Academy of Design School, NYC


Parsons School of Design, M.F.A., Painting -Studied with Leland Bell, Paul Resika , John Heliker & Larry Rivers

New York Studio School, NY- Studied with Peter Agostini, Graham Nickson,Ruth Miller & Charles Cajori

Sculpture Center, NY - Studied figure sculpture with Leonid Lerman

National Academy School, Studied with Serge Hollerbach and Nelson Shanks


Artsy Shark “Featured Artist” article on my work in this on-line publication

PoetsArtists September 2013 #48 “Saturday Night”

This publication featured my painting “Yellow Tights” in a special issue

Pittori Uniti per la Pittura Catalog featuring work of the international artist group (2016)

Archivio (Anno XXIX Gennaio 2017) “Deborah Sherman” Page 27 Feature article on my work in this art publication


Art Instructor, Riverdale Country School--Taught drawing,painting,printmaking and sculpture 

Artist in Residence, Studio in a School Program, NYC

The Center for the Arts, NY Life Drawing Instructor