In keeping with DeWit’s focus on images and the written word, her pastel work is known for its reading and writing themes. Through these subjects, and other daily life experiences, Deborah attempts to express the human need for comfort, communication, knowledge and freedom, the goals which often conflict and are difficult to experience simultaneously. Marchant’s work is narrative and realist in style. Since 2001 her works in oil have largely focused on natural subjects and the inextricable relationship between the human experience and nature.
Deborah’s photographs, pastels and oils can be found in many personal, corporate and University collections across the country, and are shown regularly in galleries in the Northwest. Both her photographs and pastels have been used on the covers of books, magazines and catalogues and have been reproduced in calendars.
In 1990, with the founding of their company Simple Minds, Deborah and Robert Marchant joined forces to further establish Deborah’s art career and expand her audience to a national level. Slowly the company has grown to include over 170 note cards of Deborah’s images, (distributed nationwide) reproductions and a web site featuring her original pastels, oils and photographs. Deborah and her husband Carl reside in Portland, Oregon.