Before becoming an artist Deborah Eater trained as an experimental psychologist. She taught college classes at The College of New Jersey and worked for the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Initially her creative drive found expression through artistic crafts, especially fiber arts. Her passion for the arts and her craft experience led to a position teaching art, and in 2001 she began to exhibit her own drawing, painting, and collage. Since 2011 she has devoted herself full time to producing and exhibiting art.
Deborah studied drawing, painting, and ceramics at the Pennsylvania State University and Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial. While transitioning from artistic crafts to fine art, she won numerous ribbons at the Middletown Grange Fair for collage, drawing, and painting. More recently her work won awards in the 110th annual Fleisher Art Memorial adult student exhibition and at Stover Mill Gallery’s 5th annual juried exhibition. Her work has appeared in juried shows throughout eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including exhibits at the Sketch Club in Philadelphia, PA and Ellarslie Museum in Trenton, NJ.
Deborah previously taught art classes for children in grades K through 8 at St. Joseph the Worker School in Fallsington, PA. She currently teaches classes for children and adults in Middletown Township, Bristol Borough, and northeast Philadelphia. Her pattern design work is sold online under the name Cricketswool on several websites, including Spoonflower and Pattern Design.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Deborah now resides in Levittown, PA. She is a member of Artists of Bristol, the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, the Doylestown Conservatory Artists Guild, and the International Society of Collage Artists. She teaches collage and mixed media at the Art Barn in Langhorne, PA. Her work is exhibited at the Centre for the Arts in Bristol, PA.