WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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artist profile "a strong love of the natural world" the ink except where it is required for printing. Friedman can trace her journey as an artist all the way back to when she was a four-yearold in Southern California and drawing with crayons was a favorite activity. "I never drew stick figures," Friedman says of her earliest memories of creating art. Rather, her ample figures of men and women were always dancing, or dusting, she laughs, but were always in some kind of motion. Her parents encouraged her interest and enrolled her in a variety of art classes at the Los Angeles County Museum and then later at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln when the family relocated to Massachusetts. Friedman credits her mother in particular with instilling in her a Blue Jay strong love of the natural world. She spent summers enjoying the abundant wildlife on her grandparents' wheat farm in Texas that included close-up looks at bats, armadillos, horned lizards, and rattlesnakes. Friedman's Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis project was a series of lithographic portraits and pencil drawings inspired by Dante Gabriel Rossetti She chose to study art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Pre-Raphaelites. Work from that series was entered in a juried but was not drawn to its painting classes. At that time, painting was show and not only won the Berkshire Art Association Award, but was taught in a loose and experimental way and Friedman understood purchased by the Berkshire Art Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. herself as a "more exacting" artist. Lithography and etching suited her The medium of lithography, however, was too expensive to support temperament. She was inspired by the work of her instructor Fred on her post-college wages from an art workshop, so Friedman began Wessel, a printmaker who has gone on to international acclaim and is experimenting more with graphite pencils. Her portfolio grew and she represented by Arden Gallery in Boston. earned grants from the Ford Foundation and was offered residencies left: Leaf on Stone #1 Deborah L. Friedman We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 right: 178

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