My name is Debra Torger.  I am a mixed media artist living in Sarasota, Florida.  I also model at Ringling College of Art and Design.

I am originally from Virginia and went to school at James Madison University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Art.  I moved to San Francisco, where I worked as a graphic artist and sign maker.   After living the city life, I moved to Hawaii and lived in rural Kauai and the Big Island.  In Hawaii, it was easy to be inspired by music, landscapes, flowers and the people.  I lived there for ten years.  In 1999, I moved to Sarasota, Florida.  Sarasota, with its beautiful geography, also provides much inspiration for my artwork.

In 2011, I developed an art program at Community Haven.  Community Haven’s clients now have a permanent art program where they can explore their creativity.   They have shown their work in venues like the APD (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) office in St. Petersburg, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota.  I also helped to develop and install the  art gallery at Community Haven, where you can see beautiful expressive artwork made by the clients.

My paintings are bold and colorful.  My mixed media soft sculpture characters are full of life.  My artwork is influenced by the places I have lived, the people I have known and a wild imagination.

You can find my art dolls at Ginny’s and Jane E’s Cafe on Anna Maria Island.   You can also see some of my paintings for sale at Blase Cafe and Martini Bar, and in the adjacent restaurant Pi Pizza.

If you are interested in purchasing my work, or if you have any questions, please contact me by email at debratorger@gmail.com or telephone at (941) 549-0286.  Thank you!


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  1. My name is Senior collins from SC. I actually observed my wife has been viewing your website on my laptop and i guess she likes your piece of work, I’m also impressed and amazed to have seen your various works too, : ) You are doing a great job. I would like to receive further information about your piece of work and what inspires you.
    I am very much interested in the purchase of the piece (in subject field above) to surprise my wife. Kindly confirm the availability for immediate sales.
    Thanks and best regards,

    1. Hi Senior,
      I’m happy to hear you and your wife like my artwork. I’d love to tell you more about the piece you’re interested in. Can you give me the title? I’m not sure which one you’re referring to. Under the Fiber Art and Paintings tabs I should have everything titled. The painting on top of my home page is called Queen, the full image is in the paintings page. The doll at the bottom of my home page is Jane and her story can be found in the fiber arts page. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much. Kind regards, Debra

  2. I have spent part of this afternoon looking over your work. While I almost always like something in every artists collection , it is seldom that I like the majority of a collection , as I do yours. I f I ever make it to Sarasota ( Houston here ) I would love to see one of your showings. 🙂

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