Debra was born in Guildford, Surrey and has travelled far and wide. She has always had a creative mind and as a child she used to send her inventions to various toy manufacturers. One of her designs was for an all enclosed sledge.

She draws most of her inspiration from the coasts around the South West, she has been very much inspired by places further afield such as the Seychelles, California and South Africa.

Debra likes to paint in peace and to focus, and for that she needs quietness. She works in both watercolour and oil - each is very different and which medium she uses depends on her mood, but it is the sea which draws her back each time.