Artist Focus: Debra Huff

This week’s artist does not disappoint with her incredibly beautiful work! I think besides her art, what I love about Debra is that she struggles with the same insecurity as I about displaying her art. Once you’ve seen it, you will be amazed at this but it’s how most of us feel. Now imagine this blogger is bugging you for art and a bio and you’re really stressed! Thank you, Debra, for sharing your beautiful art and story with us all. You inspire me.

 

I’ve been a fan of Debra’s art for some time. She seems to hide in the background but when she posts, it’s always stunning. She has an innate ability that brings out the grace in patterns and finds organic ways to combine them that is, well, inspiring.

Debra Huff

Here’s what Debra shared about herself, her art and the Zentangle® Method.

Hi, my name is Debra Huff. I can overcome my fear and call myself an artist.

I stumbled on Zentangle® about two years ago. I have an auto-immune disease that affects my lungs, heart and other systems. I had a sudden decline with my heart and felt a driving need to find something new I could learn and grow with as well as reduce stress while living with very limited activity.

I came across an article in Psychology Today about meditative drawing called Zentangle®. I googled the word and saw images that reminded me of childhood squiggle drawings that I would fill in with shapes and patterns. I read everything I could find online about Zentangle®, bought a multi media journal and began drawing.

I found Zentangle® Facebook groups and challenges. I lurked trying the challenges and filling pages. It took a lot of courage for the first posting, but there was such a positive response I continued.

The lessons, feedback and suggestions on Eni Oken’s Shading group spurred my growth and ignited my passion to learn more and more.

The community/world connection was started with Stephanie Jennifer’s Traveling Tangles Project. I couldn’t get enough of holding this beautiful start from someone halfway across the world, that was made just for me.

 

Each group I am part of holds that special community. There is compassion, connection and love that fosters hope in the craziness of today’s world through the Zentangle® meditative art.”

 

You can find and follow Debra on her Facebook page or on her new Instagram feed.

I chose Debra this week for a couple of reasons. First, of course, her artwork is incredible. To know she’s been drawing for just 2 years means there may still be hope for myself and others who struggle with calling ourselves artists. The second reason is that she mirrors the struggle that I, and so many other new artists, have in trying to appreciate and share their own art and ideas. She is as supportive and compassionate to others as they are to her. After all, we all share this journey. Some are more successful than others, that’s true, but the real lessons and values found in the Zentangle® method aren’t really about art at all. They’re different for each person, as we each gain something intensely personal from Zentangle®. As different as we all are, this shared journey is cherished by all of us. It’s what makes this community so special.

A few of the Zentangle® groups Debra and I share are:

Eni Oken’s Art Club on Facebook (Art Club members) (enioken.com)

Tangle it! Pattern Club on Facebook, and pattern-collections.com

Shading Zentangle® and Beyond (Eni Oken) (those who follow Eni’s ebooks and lessons) enioken.com

Square One: Purely Zentangle®

Zen and Zin Facebook group (DrShazia Azmi)

The Traveling Tangles Project (Stephanie Jennifer)

by Cyndee Pelley

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