• Figurative Finger Painting

    Figurative Finger Painting - Debbee Lotito

    Though I own them, I seldom use paint brushes. Especially when experimenting with acrylics. I love the feeling of the paint under my fingers and somehow it increases the connection to the 'zone'.  The figurative painting above was created by hand and paper. The jagged strips of color were spread with newspaper and a sturdy backing board which will inevitably become another painting. 

    She sits facing a mirror...or perhaps a window. It's at this point I stop and contemplate the next level of color and dimension. I need time for the canvas to speak to me and tell me where it wants to go...



  • The Frustrations of Being An Artist

    I've been through the gallery process numerous times. You get accepted into a show, the gallery offers a drop-off date (the date you bring your work to the gallery) and other information pertinent to the show including specific information such as how to prepare your art for hanging or if it needs to be boxed for storage and when the show is over what date you are to pick up your unsold work. I'm no stranger to this process. Each gallery manages their show differently and so I fully expect differences with each show. I've been through the process over 10 years and counting, after all.

    August 2019 would be my first time ever experiencing what, to me, was the most insulting and unprofessional demeanor I'd ever encountered via a gallery--specifically the Grosse Point Artist Association (GPAA) in Southeast Michigan.

    I arrived at the gallery with my juried and accepted, unframed 40"x30" canvas-stretched art. I asked where to put it (the room had art scattered around the room). 

    There were two women in the room. One sitting, one standing. The woman who was standing, Karen, asks me my name and then looks at my artwork and then says "Can you clean this up?" pointing to the edge of my painting. I furrow my brow in question and ask her what she means..."Can you paint the edges?" she replies.

    The edges of my painting aren't a solid color. I never paint the edges a solid color. They have the abstract texture and color that occurs during the course of any of my paintings. What she was referring to were edges that contained a series of colors based on the painting. My internal reaction was "What the fuck?" but what I said, sarcastically, was "It's not like I have paints on me." I mean, I'm turning in my painting that very moment - what am I supposed to do, paint the edges in a boring, single color and wait for it to dry?

    "I have paints" she says to me.

    The anger is really percolating in me at this point but I'm retaining my composure--with angry beams darting out of my eyes at her because I'm taken back by this ridiculous request.

    "I'm not painting over my art" I exclaim. 

    "Oh, no, I'm not asking you to paint over your art" she states.

    Yes. Yes she is. That is a deliberate statement to literally paint over my art. The edges are a PART of the painting but you obviously don't realize this.

    This piece is my juried and accepted artwork and the edges are exactly how I intended for it to look... imperfect. The edges were deliberately painted the very way that the piece was accepted. This was not only insulting to me, the artist, it was an insult to my work. This is how I paint and express myself and I cannot tell you how angered this made me. If you, the gallery, had explicit instructions to have simple, one-color edges for all paintings on stretched canvas I would have followed the rule. Better, I  would have never even submitted my work into this show.

    Karen scoffs and says "Well, okay, I'll accept it that way but they'll probably yell at me." How. Fucking. Absurd. Karen.  So I tell her to give "them" my number and they can yell at ME.

    "Well, you can just put it over there" she points to a place on the floor in the middle of the room (against a covered piece of furniture). I reluctantly put my art down and said "I'd be happy to take my work home if this is an issue," as I continued setting my work down.

    I heard her say that the work was "really neat" but it's not going to work, Karen. You have single handedly ruined this entire experience for me. If this is any indication of what is to come of this particular venue and event, then I'm totally unimpressed.

    I'm completely appalled. I left my work there for the show because it obviously wasn't this unqualified person that selected my work and I'd like to show my work to a new audience. This sour experience has left me with a promise that I will never, ever again submit my work into any future GPAA shows and I definitely intend on sharing my hurtful experience with all artist communities I am in.

    I've had some not-so-great experiences with galleries in the past but to date this is definitely the worst. experience. yet. At the very leat, I should be on the receiving end of an apology from Karen for her heinous request but I guarantee that will never happen.

  • Aqueous 2019 (Water Soluble Media)

    I'm proud to announce that I was juried into the   https://www.laslagunagallery.com/ Las Laguna Gallery art exhibition, "Aqueous 2019"!

    The show runs the entire month of August and the artist reception occurs on Thursday, August 1 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Laguna Beach is a great art colony in SoCal. 

    Looking forward to meeting new art enthusiasts and curators during this opening. :)






  • Avant Garden

    On April 13, 2019, I will debut my latest watercolor and acrylic series in my upcoming solo show, Avant Garden. There are large, medium and small paintings ranging from 30"x40" to 2.5"x3.5." Prints of select pieces will also be available.

    This avant garden art exhibition will include art, hors devours, refreshments, and best of all, YOU. I look forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with others. Studio 8700 is a family-friendly gallery so I encourage you to bring friends, family, or anyone you know that loves art, flowers and landscapes.

    If a busy schedule permits, It is my hope to introduce you to a local, high-class  horticulturist. *fingers crossed!*

    See you soon!

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7pm to 11pm - FREE admission

    Studio 8700 - 8700 W. 9 Mile Rd - Oak Park, MI




  • Published in House & Garden Magazine January 2019 Issue

    I've been published in House & Garden Magazine!

    The January 2019 issue has an art edition in which I have my piece, "In Flight", published. The magazine is widely sold in the UK and South Africa. How exciting is that? The issue can be purchased here (my work is listed on page 149 (#47).



  • 4th Annual Leaves & Petals Art Exhibitioin (Fusion Art)

    I was juried and accepted into the 4th Annual Leaves & Petals (December 2018) Online Juried Art Exhibition! There are a lot of fabulous works of art in this exhibition and I encourage you to take a look at it. I made it into the list of Finialists for my piece titled "Wildflowers".





  • Thank you, mystery art buyer!

    Selling art is a heart-warming feeling. I've sold several pieces throughout my art career and I have to say that heart-gushing feeling never subsides. 

    Last night at the DAMNED XI Detroit art show opening I sold In The Vase of Remembrance which is one of my favorite recent creatiions! I'm elated, to say the least. Thank you, mystery-buyer!

    I have sold many works coast-to-coast and every single time I get this *swoon* feeling when a piece sells because that person now has a piece of my soul in their home. That's pretty cool, I think.

    I truly thank you, art-recipient, and want youto know that I'm extremely humbled. <3

    In The Vase of Remembrance

    "In The Vase of Remembrance" - Debbee Lotito.  Watercolor, pencil - 2018

    I'm truly thankful to everyone who has ever purchased art from me.