Deborah Quinn-Munson


“When I paint, I am interested in bold color, energetic line, and strong composition to convey a powerful image filled with atmosphere and light. I enjoy the contrast between the spirited execution of a painting and the serenity and peacefulness of the scene. Clear brush and pastel strokes have become an important aspect of my work and bring vitality and movement to the painting.”

Deborah Quinn-Munson, PSA, of Chester, Connecticut has received many distinctions for her work as an artist including the cover article of the Artist’s Magazine, The Solace of Still Water, March 2011. In addition her work can be seen in the Pastel Society of America: Annual Members Show at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Deborah’s work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the country. Deborah is an elected Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America, Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. Other elected memberships include the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Copley Society of Art in Boston and the Providence Art Club. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Arts and Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University, and has studied at Lyme Art Academy of Fine Arts and deCordova Museum School.

Her work is known for its bold color, energetic line, and strong composition, which are primary to her as a painter to convey a powerful image filled with atmosphere and light. Deborah’s involvement in art includes working as a commercial artist, potter, photographer, and teacher. Currently, she paints at Quinn-Munson Studio in Chester, Connecticut.


Within the natural elements of water and sky I find nearly everything I need to compose and create paintings filled with reflection, movement, color, depth, light and atmosphere. This inspiration along with a desire to keep my message simple and clear result in paintings of the world that feel peaceful and beautiful.

In very simple terms I make art because it allows me to be most nearly myself. In the creation of my art I communicate my fundamental range of emotion and expression. It is the foundation upon which I share how I see the world around me. My studio with its smell of paint, the familiar clutter and the invitation to begin anew is the door to my creative world.


Living along the New England coastline all her life, Deborah Quinn-Munson looks to the sea and shore as inspiration for her oil and pastel paintings. Quinn-Munson’s paintings are now a part of the Healing Art Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The Artist’s Magazine featured Quinn-Munson’s paintings in the March 2011 cover article, The Solace of Still Water. Winner of numerous awards, her work is in both private and corporate collections throughout the country. The Copley Society of Art, the Pastel Society of America and the Providence Art Club are among Quinn-Munson’s numerous elected memberships. Degrees in Fine Art were earned at Wesleyan University and the University of New Hampshire. She has also studied at deCordova Museum and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is known for its strong composition and energetic paint application combined with peaceful and serene views of the water and shoreline.


Selected Juried Exhibitions And Solo Shows
Butler Institute of American Art, Pastel Society of America: Annual Members Show,
  Giffuni Gallery, Youngstown, Ohio
Pastel Society of America, 39th-43rd Annual Juried Exhibition, NYC
Northeast Pastel Exhibit, 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Old Forge, NY
Boston International Fine Arts Show, Boston, MA
Solo Show ‘Tide Line’, Wynne/Falconer Gallery, Chatham, MA
Poetry And Pastel, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Solo Show, The Gallery at Riverside Press, Essex, CT
Signature Members Show, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Cape Museum of Fine Arts
Portraits of New England, Kotinsky Gallery, Pompton Lakes, NJ
Art of New England, Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT
Pfizer Sponsered Regional Juried Art Exhibit, Groton, CT
Solo Exhibition, Pathways, Chester Gallery, Chester CT
Two-Person Show, State of The Arts Gallery, Hartford, CT
Solo Show, Rose Farm Gallery, East Haddam, CT
New England Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
Legislative Office Building Exhibition with Essex Art Association, Hartford, CT

Selected Publications And Awards
Best of Show, For Pastels Only, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2015
Best of Show, Painting New England in Pastel, Duxbury Art Complex and Museum, 2013
Prix de Pastel, Best of Show, Int’l Association of Pastel Societies, 27th Juried Exhibition
The Artist’s Magazine, Cover Article, The Solace of Still Water, March 2011
The Artist’s Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition, 2 Finalist Awards
The Artist’s Magazine’s All-Media Online Competition 2010, Honorable Mention
The Artist’s Magazine, Article, How to Paint Water; Making Waves, May 2005
The Pastel Journal, Pastel 100 Portrait And Figure Category, March/April 2004
The Artist’s Magazine, Annual Competition, Figure and Portrait Category, 2003
The Pastel Journal Finalist, Pastel 100 Landscape Category, March/April 2002
Best in Show, Non-Traditional, All About Water, Tracy Art Center, Old Saybrook, CT
Excellence in Pastel, Art of New England Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Award, Little Compton Summer Art Show, People’s Choice, Little Compton, RI
Award, Essex Art Association, Honorable Mention, Essex, CT
Award, Mystic Art Association, Mystic, CT
Award, Madison Art Association, Madison, CT
Award, Juror Recognition, Connecticut Pastel Society, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT
Juror of Awards, Life On The Shoreline, Essex Art Association, Essex, CT
Juror of Awards, Annual Open Juried Show, Wintonbury Art League, Wintonbury, CT
Juror of Selection, For Pastels Only, Pastel Painters Society Of Cape Cod, 2011

Selected Memberships And Affiliations
Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, Elected Artist Member
Pastel Society of America, NYC, Elected Associate Member
Connecticut Pastel Society, Signature Artist Member
Providence Art Club, Artist Member
Cape Cod Art Association, Elected Artist Member
Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, Signature Artist Member
The Art Drive, Co-Founder And Executive Committee Member

Selected Corporate Art Collections
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, New Haven, CT
Saint Anne’s Regional Cancer Care, Dartmouth, MA
Connecticut Bank And Trust, Hartford, CT
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Groton, CT
Cushman And Wakefield of Illinois, Inc.
Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT, Including The Centerpiece of the Donor Wall
Hunt, Leibert, Chester, & Jacobson, PC, Hartford, CT

Wesleyan University, MALS 1982
University Of New Hampshire, BFA 1977
Lyme Academy of Art
deCordova Museum School

Demonstration, Palette Knife Painting, Clinton Art Society, Clinton, CT
Demonstration, Palette Knife Painting, Jerry’s Artarama, West Hartford, CT
Workshop, Shape Up – Compositions, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod
Workshop, Painting Water With Pastel, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, 2010
Workshop, All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Color Green, Pastel Painters Society of
  Cape Cod, Scheduled April 2011
Private & Semi-Private Lessons in Painting with Watercolor, Pastel & Oil, Quinn-Munson Studio
Painting, Tracy Art Center, Old Saybrook, CT


Susan Powell Fine Art
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Madison, CT 06443
(203) 318-0616

Gallery 31 Fine Art
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Orleans, MA
(508) 247-9469
(508) 208-6703

Boston Art, Inc
23 Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 951-0900


The Valley Courier, July 2002
by Jessica Libero
“The four artists that shine in the collection are Steven Jones, Deborah Quinn-Munson, Andrea Deane, and Thelma Raney. Of the four (Quinn) Munson is the only artist who has shown before, has a well known style, and is collectible. Deborah Quinn-Munson’s work is less affordable than her counterparts but her talent clearly explains why. The photographic quality her work expresses is stunning. Munson uses pastel over watercolor, a technique that gives the images depth and texture.”

Main Street News October, 2002
by Liz Gwillim
“Deborah Quinn-Munson of is fearless when it comes to tinkering with her oeuvre. As her work matures, you are aware of subtle changes and experiments albeit within circumspect boundaries. Her landscapes have evolved into mysterious attitudes of light and color. Portraiture seemed to be something she’d left behind. But lo, here is the stunning “Sarah Katherine”, a study in pastel and watercolor that takes the well-deserved honor for best work in pastel-the very word evoking a soft dust of muted color. This piece with the medium in Quinn-Munson’s hand stands out across a crowded room.”

The Harford Courant, March 2001
by Bill Daily
“I love the look of The Inn at Chester, particularly all the art hanging on the walls. Of note are the paintings of Deborah Quinn-Munson, an artist who brings to her landscapes an intimacy and knowledge only a local can muster.”

The Trumpeter, August 1999
by Roger Straub
“[Deborah Quinn-Munson's] works make you want to be there, and there is no higher compliment than that, that I can give to this wonderful master artist.”

“[Deborah's] palette ranges vastly from muted earthen tones to intense
exciting color. Her subjects are very viewer friendly, and the paintings would proudly grace any home. Her techniques and handling of light and shadow throughout her work is consistently well done. The works look happy and upbeat, but provoke a sense of mystery to the onlooker.They are poetry in paint, and capture the viewer’s imagination.”

The Main Street News, August, 1999
by Cary Schuler Hull
“Exhibitions at Charlie Farrow’s Rose Farm Gallery in East Haddam are always a pleasure, because he chooses his exhibitions well and his barn displays art beautifully. The current exhibition of 40 pieces by Deborah Quinn-Munson of Chester is an even greater pleasure, because it is such a fine show- and features more work by Deb in one place than we’ve seen before.”

The Pictorial Gazette, October, 1999
by Heide Erb
“She sold her first painting when she was in high school for $55.00 and Deborah Quinn-Munson hasn’t slowed down since then…Quinn-Munson’s work now hangs in homes and galleries throughout the state. Her paintings seem to exude calmness and serenity, with shades of blue and green throughout.”


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