"Several years ago two of my closest friends and I took an evening drawing and painting class, afterwards we would go have a martini or two at a restaurant that all of us loved. Our regular waitress started calling us the “Martini Girls” when we came in for libations after class. The name somehow stuck and we have been the Martini Girls ever since that time. When we decided to open the “Martini Girls Gallery and Studio," it was an easy decision for us to choose a name for the gallery as we already had a brand.
Callahan works with a variety of subjects, people and landscapes, she paints realistic forms in abstracted and frequently simplified ways. The autobiographical nature of many of her paintings is a therapy of sorts, and has given her the opportunity to look at memories of herself as a little girl from the safer distance of years. She follows the trail of thoughts, the chaos of that time when she had no voice, put them to paper and create beauty from the pain, a platform from which to be heard. She continues to delve further into explorations of childhood, through figurative interpretations of herself, and the world around her.
She works primarily in acrylics, with various mixed media products, molding paste, torn papers, inks, crayon, and various other ephemera that she adheres to the canva s panel.She tends to work empirically, improvising as she goes, with only a vague idea of a plan for the painting...and she is always a bit surprised by how it all turns out.
For more of Debbies' work visit the-martini-girls-gallery.pixels.com
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