Deb Slowey-Raguso

Deb began her career as an artist as soon as she could hold a crayon. It was the beginning of a personal very unique artistic vision.

At 11 years old, she was asked to paint a mural in the community. “” I loved the experience because as became engaged in the project, I realized that I could gain a ‘social fitting’ doing what I loved to do.”” Deb said.

She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and graduated with the four year Certificate. The Academy provided independent learning experiences. She was immersed into the great museum artists and was able to interact not only with instructors, but also serious student artists which solidified the Fine Artist path as a fellowship through the ages. Prior to the Academy she studied two years with Modernist Master Painter Tom Bostelle in Chadds Ford PA and also two year anesthetic art courses at the Barnes Foundation School of Art.

After the Pennsylvania Academy, in lieu of graduate school, she moved to NYC. She was mentored by a former Academy teacher Will Barnet and also learned about the gallery system. Fine art printmaking became a focus for Deb as she learned from Bob Blackburn at the PMW atelier.

NYC was exciting and she lived the artist life for 20 years in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. After the World Trade Center disaster, she moved out to the country where she is said to have enjoyed being the ‘big fish in the little pond’ for a time. Weather and life circumstance lead her to Florida.