Debbie Hamel and her husband divide their time between Southampton, Massachusetts and Kennebunkport Maine. Debbie’s paintings evoke a sense of peace and nostalgia which she captures in the seasonal changes of New England using subtle layers of light and shadow depicted in places and people she loves.
Debbie has been a student of watercolor for over twenty years. She has studied under a signature member of the New England Watercolor Society Susan Pecora. Debbie has also enhanced her knowledge of the medium through instructions under local Western Massachusetts watercolorists: Suzanne Chaffee, Jack Flynn, Marie Flahive and Maryanne Wordsworth.
Besides being a student, Debbie has shared her understanding of the medium by teaching watercolor classes in her home studio in Southampton, MA for several years.
Debbie has exhibited at venues including Palmer, and Wilbraham, MA libraries as well as Easthampton, MA Savings Bank, The Hamptons Salon in Westfield, MA, Urban Country Store in Windham, New York and River Tree Arts in Kennebunkport. In 2015 Debbie was chosen as the “Featured Artist” at Blackbirch Vineyard in Southampton MA.
She is a contributing member of the Maine Women in the Arts and an associate member of the Art Guild of the Kennebunks.
“I love the fluid movement of watercolor. To me the interaction of the swirling color on paper is like a dance that harmoniously creates a sense of peace. In each of my paintings I have hidden a heart within my work. It gives me great joy in knowing I am sharing a piece of my heART with you the viewer.”