By Lindsayt |  Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Her females and characters dominate the streets of Melbourne. She paints huge walls, and morphs her creations into species that wow you. And, she does it all in heels. This is Deb.

Walking the streets of Melbourne, Australia you will start to notice a series of female characters all over town, in the choicest of spots. Sexy, mysterious, cute, playful, voluptuous. Stroll in any gallery, and the owner can tell you who's behind these larger than life beings. It's Deb, of course.



Her dolls appeal to men and women alike. They're not brash or conflicting, but easy to embrace, fun, exotic and entertaining to comprehend and toy with. She tackles walls and fine art pieces with an attention to detail and creativeness that we can all admire. Of course, we had to catch up with her and find out what makes Deb tick.







About You & Your Work

I am 31 years old born in Melbourne Australia and currently living between Melbourne and Sydney doing my art. I practice all soughts of different art forms from, graphic design, illustration, fine art, design an Street art.. I have been running my own business from my art for the last 5 or so years, but been pursuing the idea of it ever since I left school.







Where are you from? Tell us the beginning and your discovery of graffiti, street art, and painting big walls?

I am from Melbourne and I started to get interested in graffiti in High school.. I have always been painting and drawing since I was a little kid and when I was in my last couple of years in high school I was at a school where I could mainly do art subjects and knew from then on, I would definitely make a career out of my art as I was happy to be painting and drawing as much as possible.


I had a lot of friends in high school that were involved in the graff scene, but when I was in school in the 90's there weren't as many girls involved in the scene as now and I found it hard to get the confidence, as it was such a male dominated thing to be involved in back then. Now days its different its easier for girls to get involved because more girls are trying it out.


After a few years of messing around with different paint mediums, I decided to buy a bunch of spray cans and train myself up, Even though I had experienced a lot of negative encouragement from other males. I just practised and practised, at home and on wooden boards and of course running around doing things in abandoned buildings, drains, warehouses, etc.. Until I got more comfortable and then eventually found other crews I could collaborate with and learn more tricks to improve my skills.


When I paint on the streets, my technique is sometimes a little different then others, from the cans I use to how I use some of the cans, so I have taught myself to paint as close to the way I illustrate as possible. One thing I like about being female is that I have been able to encourage other females over the years to get involved in the street art culture as well as the fine art scene. I get a lot of emails from young girls thanking me for inspiring them to get involved or asking for advice and pointers.. I am pretty flattered whenever this happens, and I also really love taking workshops with kids or teens, whenever I have the time.






How would you define your work and what inspires you? How did your style evolve?

My work is a mixture both fantasy and fiction, being a collaboration of a made up world that exists in my mind and thoughts and emotions from present life. I am inspired by all soughts of different things as life progresses whether it be serious or light hearted, happy, sad, motivational, funny, spiritual and quite often has something to do with a reoccurring dream I might have had I am very inspired my fantasy art as well as art and design from different cultures all over the world. Some of my favorite inspiration of late has been a mix of North American Indian, Mexican, Egyptian, Japanese and Indian art. I am also very inspired By Animals, Fantasy characters and Architecture. I notice my style evolving and changing every few months to every year as I become inspired by different things surrounding my life.


How do you come up with the colors you're going to use? Do you make them yourself?

They vary for every different wall, job design, etc. My colour palette changes while my taste changes.






Your work in Melbourne and Sydney seems to be preserved fairly well, do you feel the work you are doing outside should be preserved or ephemeral?

I believe that street art is temporary, that is part of its beauty. I see it as a great compliment when I see some of my work staying up for a long time, but I don't believe anyones work can stay up for ever, it's on the street this says it all. Having said that I've been lucky its been years since I've had anything gone over so I guess I take it as a compliment and there's a nice level of respect, I'm very grateful for that. But of course when it does happen from time to time and can happen to any one, and when it does you just have to accept it because it's on the street. I've always just gone straight back over it in the past.



How do you choose your images and where they are placed in the street?

I often just draw up a sketch of what I want to paint and go for it. But If it is for a job I will plan out a refined sketch with correct placement and work out where all the colours will go too.



What's your taste in movies, books and music? Can you name a favorite of each?

Favorite movie is How to train your dragon, Its Amazing!


Favorite Books are art books, favorite ones are the art of Hayime Soriyama and Bill Ward


Favorite music is hands down Bob Dylan.








How do you see street art in 10 years? Do you see it evolving differently in different parts of the world?

Street art has moved beyond the power of a spray can in the last ten years just gone, with stencils, paste ups, glued sculptures, political street instillations. And then again in the next ten years to come it will evolve to a whole new level. Its become more and more popular over the years and played a huge part in corporate commercialisation, so I do believe for the next few years it will go a little further in this direction, which is good for the acceptance factor but I guess bad, in the sense that I feel one appealing thing about graffiti and street art culture is that it is a little underground. One positive thing about the culture growing is that it's connecting people involved from different parts of the globe.



Have you done many collaborations with artists overseas or traveled abroad? Who would you like to collaborate with, and where would you like to travel?

I have collaborated with some incredible artists around the country and also some international. I will always like to collaborate with people all over the world wherever the opportunity presents itself, I like to collaborate with as many like minded, motivating and inspiring people as I can. And so far I've been fortunate enough to collaborate with a good hand full of artists I have always looked up to.




In Sydney, Photo Credits: blacklodge!!




Photo Credit: blacklodge!!



What advice would you give to other up and coming artists out there? Any advice specifically for females?

If you want to do it, do it, I have made it my career, and am determined to stick it out and keep running my own business in the arts and keep pursuing my dream in making it as a fine artist. With the street art, graffiti culture, if you take interest in it and you want to learn how to paint with a spray can, don't let any one make you think you can't so it because you are female. Girls can do anything. When I take a workshop or mentor any kids these days, I always definitely explain all the pros and cons and also try encourage a more positive side of graffiti, as well as talking about health and safety when using aerosols.








Any favorite story about painting outside?

A few months ago I was painting a giant image of Ganesh an Indian god that I think is really beautiful and fascinating and coincidently that whole week in the same street, a bollywood movie was being filmed. I was receiving a lot of love that week from all involved in the production.. It was great fun. I also got to hear all the different stories of the Indian god that I was painting and received a lot of praise for painting their god.



What's coming up in the next few months?

For the next few months I am working on a solo show for a gallery called 19 Karen in the Gold coast, Queensland. And either before or just after that I hope to do a little trip up to the states and have a little show I have been in negotiations with a couple of different galleries in different cities.. This is something I really look forward to. 1st places on my wish lost for this new year are LA Miami and San Fran.. I am also working on a number of different private and corporate commissions over the next few months.



Here's an easy one - if you could only see in black and white, and for 1 hour each month you could see one additional color, what color would you choose?

This is a good one because I was working in black and white for most of 2009 and at the end of it I kept thinking of the best colour to add.. It would be a colour crossed between a bright fuscia and bubble gum pink.



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