Detail from "When Crows Fly"

The Artist's Journey 

Deborah L. McFarlin grew up in Salisbury, MD and graduated college with a liberal arts degree from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Initially Deborah pursued a career in social work but in a matter of a few short years she decided to return to school to pursue her true passion, art. She graduated magna cum laude from UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) with a concentration in painting and later earned her Master's degree from George Mason University's Visual Information Technology (VIT) program. She retired in 2017 after working in the Digital Media field for thirty years, most recently as the Senior Interactive Designer for 


Nature is an endless source of fascination and wonder and it provides the inspiration for most of Deborah's work. She loves being outside observing the natural world in all its complexity and glory. She transforms those powerful experiences into thoughtful works that reflect nature's beauty, fierceness and peacefulness. It's Deborah's hope that her work helps people learn to respect, protect and embrace the natural world. 

There is a long list of artists who have influenced Deborah's work but here are some of the more prominent ones: Fidelia Bridges, Alice Schille, Andrew Wyeth, Ellen Robbins, Winslow Homer, Nita Engle, John Singer Sargent, Vincent van Gogh, Albrecht Durer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Paul Klee and Edward Hopper. 

Deborah has shown her work in several galleries including: Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, Baltimore, MD | Gillespie Gallery of Art, Fairfax, VA | Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD | A.M.Gravely Gallery, St. Michaels, MD, Adkins Arboretum Gallery|Visitor Center and the St. Michaels Library Gallery, St. Michaels, MD. 

Recent Awards: 

2019 - SMAL Martha Hudson Watercolor Show, 1st place, 'Sycamore By Pickering Creek', Watercolor painting 
2019 - St. Michaels Art League Banner Show, 1st place, 'Watchful Eye', Watercolor painting 
2019 - St. Michaels Art League Annual Members Show, 1st place, 'Given Half A Chance', Watercolor painting 
2018 - St. Michaels Art League Annual Members Show, 2nd place, 'Wing Up', Oil painting 


Academy Art Museum (AAM)

American Watercolor Society (AWS)

American Women Artists (AWA)
National Watercolor Society (NWS)

St. Michaels Art League (SMAL)

Working Artists Forum (WAF)

All artwork is copyright Deborah L. McFarlin and may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published or transmitted without written permission. 

© 2019 by Deborah L. McFarlin