Deb Kahler

painter and printmaker


Debra Kahler is a contemporary artist born in the Hudson Valley of NY, currently living in Westport, NY.  She earned her B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, M.F.A. from S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz, studied printmaking for one year at Arizona State University and taught Introduction to Printmaking at Plattsburgh State University for two years.  

Making art has been a life long affair for Debra with a focus on oil painting and printmaking.  Her current body of work consists mostly of oil paintings which are inspired by a love of nature and the beauty of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain Region.  These new works merge the figurative and the abstract through an exploration of light, color and design.  Viewers often describe her work as peaceful and serene.  Debra’s work is held in private collections across the United States.

Artist Statement

Art is play.  Art is a process.  Art is self-expression.

Art is play.  It’s an opportunity to create and respond to images as they emerge and evolve.  Allowing your instincts to guide you and being in the moment is what makes art making so enjoyable.

Art is a process.  Finding your inspiration, designing an image, mixing colors, enjoying the way the paintbrush feels as it glides across the canvas; all part of the process.  It is a process I find to be very therapeutic.  

Art is self-expression.  Exploring the creative process and learning to speak in a visual language is very exciting.  It’s an opportunity to capture and express what I see and feel in the moment.  Being able to share my work for others to enjoy is perhaps the most satisfying part of making art.