Deborah Lawrence Schafer

Deborah Lawrence Schefer

Deborah Lawrence Schafer’s artwork conveys an ethereal quality. Her primary interest is in the capacity for weather and environmental conditions to transform landscape and its relationship to time­— and how this reflects life’s transience.  Mainly, she draws inspiration from the ever-changing land and sea of coastal Maine, the San Francisco Bay Area, and coastal Mexico.  Her early kinetic sculptures, discrete technological systems that presented classical elements, were also concerned with the ephemeral.

Born in 1970 in San Antonio, Texas, Deborah Schafer has a BA in Visual Arts from Princeton University, worked at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  She also curated exhibitions of Latino and Latin American artwork at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in Sonoma, California, and El Museo del Barrio, in New York City.  After more than a decade, she left her career in the arts in 2005 around the time when her son and parents met untimely deaths.  These events solidified her interest in the ethereal, but broadened her interest to include biotechnology.  Thereafter, she began helping a doctor-inventor bring new medical devices to market and eventually began painting once again.  Today she continues working on both art and biotech projects.  She is a Mexican National and U.S. citizen and currently lives and works in the Bay Area and coastal Maine.

Her work is included in numerous private collections.