Deborah Hamon is an artist, adventurer, nature lover, trail runner, and mother. She was born in Adelaide, Australia, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hamon has an MFA from the University of California, Davis, and in 2013 was part of The Arctic Circle Residency where she created The Polar Pom-Pom Project, to connect kids in a conversation about art and climate change.
Deborah Hamon has shown her work at numerous museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including Frozen Earth: Images from the Arctic Circle, at The Noyes Museum of Art, and Art on the Edge Biennial, at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Her work has been published widely including Photo District News and New American Paintings. She has won many awards including a West Prize Acquisitions Award and was selected as one of Photo District News’ choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. Her work can be found in numerous collections including the Crocker Art Museum, West Collection, and di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, and was on view in Tel Aviv, Israel for 5 years as part of the Art in Embassies program.
My work is inspired by nature and travel. I use mark making and color to create paintings that are at the edge of abstraction and landscape. Ideas about aliveness and especially awe and wonder inform my work. Using my photographs as reference, I let the process of painting guide me to an unknown destination.
Applying acrylic paint both thinly and thickly, I often add elements like mica, metallic pigments, and glass beads for various effects. There is a push and pull between improvisation and control in my process. I want possibilities for the painting to remain open so the work evolves slowly over time with multiple changes and layers. The layered histories hold a record of my memories and feelings of places and experiences, as well as my present state of mind, and the ideas I am thinking about. I am searching for something that surprises me, holds some kind of mystery, or inspires curiosity, or wonder.