Deborah lives in Barton-under-Needwood and paints from her studio at ‘Ridware Arts’, Hamstall Ridware. In 1985 she received a first class honours degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University. In April 2011 she was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI). Elected to the RI Council in 2014, and in April 2016 she founded ‘frIends of the RI’ and in 2017 was elected Friends Secretary.
In 2016 she was elected an associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, (ARSMA) and in October 2018 elected to full membership, (RSMA).