Debra Dunphy discusses her past, her inspiration and her future as an artist.

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Debra Dunphy, Dunphy Art Studio & Gallery: I was always interested in art, loved art, since I was four.

But, you know, you got that stereotype, you know, that crazy artist or, you know, amass – a great little, you know, vocation, but what are you going to really do?

So, I tried other things, I didn’t like it. I–you know, I lived in New Bedford, worked in the fish house, and I moved out here and I said, “This is what I want to do. I want to take this seriously.”

And I met up with this woman and she was in her seventies and she was very established artist. She had a great studio built in her yard. And I came to see her and she became my mentor, Katherine Roeder, and I said, “This is what I want.”

And, she was telling me about all her stories about teaching art, and she said, “If you want to learn how to paint, teach, that’s the best thing to do.”

So, I started doing that. So, I got a studio space at the Canal Gallery across the street. I was there for about ten years, and I’ve been here for about ten years, and I’ve been teaching, and I’ve learned a lot from teaching.

We had a lot of fun, we had a lot of connections, and we’re building a studio, my husband and I, and because he does art too, and that’s how I met him, he was an art student of mine, yeah.

And yeah, so anyways, we’re going to be building a studio and it’s going to start next week.