Breathtaking Blooms

Pastel Portraits of Filoli’s Flowers
Now through September 7, 2020

Bay Area artist Deborah Shea paints personality and effervescence into the flowers in Filoli’s garden. Shea transforms the pure pigments of pastel powder into vibrant plant portraits. See her radiant works in Filoli’s Visitor Center, and don’t miss her pastel painting class this fall.

“I am inspired by the natural world. I love to capture all the beauty in florals; exploring the abstract shapes, finding the path of light, creating transparency and building the luminous color of the flower centers and petals. Pastels have been my favorite medium since I was very young. Their wonderful, vibrant colors are my joy to share with others.” – Deborah Shea

Deborah Shea was born into a family of artists and grew up in San Francisco. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Design at the University of California, Davis where she studied with Wayne Thiebaud and Roland Peterson. She had a career for many years as a creative director, designer, and illustrator before becoming a full-time fine artist in 2017. She has been in numerous juried exhibitions and teaches pastel workshops. She currently resides in Redwood City.