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Deb Ward

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Artist Bio for Deb Ward

In the mid-1990’s Deb was finally able to reignite her early love of art, and began studying watercolor.

Through the intervening years, Deb has studied with national artists Steve Blackburn (watercolor), Joe Fettingis (watercolor), Jean Grastorf (watercolor), Janet Rogers (watercolor), Nick Simmons (fluid acrylic) and regional artists Trish McKinney (mixed media) Christopher Leeper (watercolor) and Fran Mangino (watercolor).

Deb began teaching in 2004 and now holds weekly classes in her home, seasonal classes for the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and workshops throughout the year. Deb also holds several pro bono programs for a local cancer facility through the year as a way of honoring friends and family. She has chaired ViewPoint, a national multimemdia art competition, and is a past president of Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society where she remains an active member.

In addition to watercolor, Deb also works with acrylic and casein. Her work has been recognized in local, state and national shows, national publications and books. For more information, contact her at

Artist Statement for Deb Ward

Teaching watercolor to adult students is my passion! Most have been waiting a long time to rekindle their lost love of art just as I did, and I take pleasure in watching them excel.

The luminosity of water media and the way colors mingle on the paper are what drew me to the mediums of watercolor, fluid acrylic and casein. My favorite ways to paint are by glazing (layering of colors) or by dropping color onto very wet paper, then spattering or dripping paint and salt to create texture in the original wash layer. I love color and strive for striking, sunlit images in most of my work. I enjoy working in a "series" of similar subjects or ideas, in a realistic manner. My subject matter rarely involves a figure, but often implies the human element.
“With few exceptions, when you see my work you know exactly what you are looking at”.

Silver Harvest

2017 GWS National Exhibition
11th Place


All About the Labels

2016 GWS National Exhibition

22 x 30

Flight of the Bumblebee

2015 National Exhibition


Red Zinger

2013 GWS Member Exhibition
Third Place

22" x 30"


2014 GWS National Exhibition

22" x 30"

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