We had the good fortune of connecting with Debbie Winston Litoff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debbie, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is to trust and have confidence in myself and the art I create. For many years the opinions of others would affect me emotionally and determine how I valued my work. As I have grown as an artist, my confidence has grown. For the most part, I no longer need a stamp of approval to value a piece I’ve done. It’s very liberating and has carried over to all facets of my life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a self-taught artist. I’ve been painting for 17 years. I love to paint and have been lucky to have had a lot of support pursuing my passion. Being where I am today is a result of doing. To be good at anything, you need to put in the work. The more I practice my craft, the better I get.
I love the connection between art and psychology. Each piece reflects a mood or emotion. For me, my paintings are a source of healing and positive energy. People are drawn to certain images or colors depending on what is going on in their lives. I want to encourage introspection and help create happy, peaceful environments. I get most excited when a painting speaks to others in a positive way or causes self-reflection.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would create a week full of outdoor activities, whether it’s hikes, beach days, shopping and hanging in Malibu or renting bikes in Santa Monica, as well as a day or two downtown exploring The Broad and other art museums.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to my husband, Erich, my kids, Wyatt and Pheona, my parents, and all the family, friends and others who have appreciated my paintings over the years. Without their support, I would not be where I am today.
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