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Debra Vodhanel


Debra Vodhanel, a Los Angeles-based artist, invites you to embark on a thought-provoking artistic journey. Through the medium of painting, Debra explores the themes of attachment, identity, and the potential for repairing our fragile yet resilient world. Her artwork serves as a metaphorical canvas, where she uses paint to problem-solve and delve into questions about the essence of humanity and the future of our world. Her work is an endeavor to uncover the belief that the world can improve, people can heal, and inherent goodness resides within us all. Debra delves beyond surface imagery to reveal the profound layers of our collective identity, often hidden beneath distractions.

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Grant Writing Committee


Debra Vodhanel
Los Angeles, CA




Carolyn Yarnell


Debra was born in southern California in the 1950's and found her way to adulthood during a chaotic period of
social change during the 60s and 70s. She received her training as an artist at Skowhegan School of Painting and
Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; and Ecole Nationale
Superieure des Beaux Arts, Atelier de M. Nallard, Paris, France. Debra also has a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Philosophy from U.C. Santa Cruz; and a Masters Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College,
Pasadena, California.

Artist Statement

Debra Vodhanel paints about a#achment, iden-ty, and repara-on of our fragile but resilient world. Using paint

as metaphor, Debra paints to problem-solve. Her subject ma#er spirals around ques-ons of who we are and where we are going. She works toward unwrapping the idea that the world can get be#er, people can heal, and that people are innately good. She looks for this possible reality in her work, finding it, some-mes hidden under layers of distrac-on. She rejects recognizable imagery in favor of a deeper imagining of what reality may be. What hovers just below our conscious iden-fica-on?

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