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.