Deborah Friedson received a Bachelors of Arts degree in studio art and art education at Wagner College where her focus was printmaking. Her graduate studies at Syracuse University also provided her with a rich experience in textiles. Ms. Friedson’s early work combined the techniques of printmaking with woven textiles. Her work has exhibited at Greenhut Gallery in Albany, New York, the Schenectady Museum in Schenectady, New York, Shining Through in Delray Beach, Florida, Symmetry Gallery in Saratoga Springs, New York and Artforms Gallery and Framery in Guilderland, New York. Additionally, her original paintings created for the benefit of cystic fibrosis research are installed at the national offices of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland. Ellis Hospital Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Schenectady, New York, Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, and The Hospice Inn at Saint Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York also house her work.
Ms. Friedson is a retired art educator, a member of the Saratoga County Arts Council and a former board member of the Northeast New York Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is the mother of two grown sons, Matthew Friedson, and Andrew and (Molly) Friedson and one precious grandson. Deborah resides in upstate New York where she lives with her husband Arthur and a beagle, Farfel. Her work is currently exhibited at Artforms in Guilderland, New York.
The beginnings of The Woman with the Elephant Heart
In early 2006, I created a series of expressive paintings during a condensed period of time. The resulting body of work became the beginning of an unexpected journal of intimate feelings. The first prototype of The Woman with the Elephant Heart was produced in May of the same year. As the book was self-published, a business plan was designed to meet the following criteria:
- To share the experience of the project with others in order to nurture and grow a kinship of healing
- To involve and promote local businesses
- To reinvest income to enlarge the scale and scope of production
- To raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their search for a cure
- To give back to the community through charitable deeds
- To maintain a grassroots character so that the book would flow naturally to evolve into whatever it was meant to be…
- And the ultimate dream: to be professionally published and do more good works!
Elephantheart.net was launched in 2007. Today The Woman with the Elephant Heart is in its 6th printing. Many new paintings and prints have been added to my site since that time. Symmetry gallery in Saratoga, NY exhibited my paintings for over 25 years until their recent closing. Artforms Art Gallery currently represents my original works…. and the dream moves forward.
Lots of love to my husband Art, my sons Andrew and Matthew, and the many friends and family members who have supported this journey. Thank you to Andrew Friedson and Jackie Albanese for editing, and my sister Lynne Frank for artistic criticism. Special thanks to Symmetry Gallery located in Saratoga Springs, NY for sharing my vision for The Woman with the Elephant Heart since the beginning.