D Putnam Art

Deb Putnam

 As a plein air artist living in South Boston, I find a limitless source for my paintings. Sunny days and moonlit nights find me painting on neighborhood street corners. When painting outdoors is not possible, I work in my studio on larger scale paintings and works derived from old family photos, portraits or from small studies and photos of my on-site locations. 

What interests me most about plein air painting is how sunlight breaks up form when it falls on an object. When working in this manner time is of the essence. I must return to the outdoor location at the same time, each day for the short period of time when the sun and shadows are at the same angle and position. I like to view the city as an urban canyon where shadows caused by the surrounding buildings create an unexpected pattern of dark and light.

My choice of subject matter, such as old buildings, antique cars and nightscapes pay homage to a disappearing landscape. With my portraits and old photograph derived works I am hoping to also portray an intimate moment in time. I hope that with these paintings I am able to celebrate these people and these landmarks.

Deb is a graduate of Mass College of Art with a BFA in painting. Born in New Hampshire, she has called South Boston her home for the past 30+ years.

Current and Past Exhibitions (last 10 years)

  • 2020 Focus on Figure Juried Show, North Rive Arts Society
  • 2020, 2019, 2018 MassArt Juried Art Auction
  • 2019 Nourish - MassArt 5th Alumni Biennial, Mass College of Art, Boston, MA
  • 2019 BCEC South Boston Show 
  • 2019, 2018, 2017 Massasoit Juried Art Festival
  • 2019, 2018 MassArt Juried Art Auction
  • 2019 Quincy Arts Affair
  • 2017 QAA Nude Figure Show, Crane Library, Quncy MA
  • 2017 BNN Studio, Boston MA Portrait - and the story behind it!" l
  • 2017 MassArt Annual Auction
  • 2016 BNN Studio, Boston Ma
  • 2016 Faye Chandler Exhibit, Boston City Hall
  • 2016 Patriot Place Gallery, Foxboro Ma 
  • 2016 Arts Around the Corner Gallery, Boston Ma
  • 2016 South Boston Open Studios
  • 2015,2014,2013,2012,2011  Massasoit Art Festival, Canton Campus
  • 2015 Quincy Art Festival, Quincy MA
  • 20152014 Artists Crossing Gallery, Boston MA
  • 20152014 Boston Convention and Event Center, Boston Ma
  • 2014 Front Street Gallery, Scituate, MA
  • 2014 Boston City Hall, SBAA Group Show
  • 2014,2013, 2012 MassArt  Annual Benefit Art Auction
  • 2013 Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
  • 2013 The Gallery at Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA
  • 2012 Carscapes, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
  • 2012 Spoke Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2012 Scituate Art Assoc. Juried Show
  • 2011 Boston, City Hall Boston MA SBAA Group Show
  • 2011 SBAA Members Show Proof Gallery 516 East Second Street, South Boston
  • 2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 Arts Affair at Marina Bay Quincy, MA
  • 2010 MassArt 21st Annual Benefit Art Auction


  2019 3rd place, Arts Fest, Quincy Ma, Massasoit Music

  2019 1st place Arts Affair, Marina Bay, He Greets the Day

  2019 2nd place Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, The Muses

  2018 Best in Show Quincy Arts Fest Waiting at Castle Island

  2018 2nd Place  Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, Out of the Blue

  2017 Best in Show Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, More than Buildings  

  2016 1st place Quincy Arts Fest "Rainy Day"

• 2015 Best in Show, Massasoit Arts Fest, Canton, Ma Company     

  2015 Best in Show, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy Ma Matter of Time - 2nd prize-Mass Ave Beauty

• 2014 First Prize, Massasoit Arts Fest, Canton, Ma AP

• 2013 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Eve

• 2013 First Prize, Massasoit Art's Fest, Canton Ma Path to Forgiveness

• 2012 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Chinatown View

• 2012 Second Prize and Honorable Mention, Massasoit Arts Festival, Canton, Ma "The Gathering" and “Self Portrait (When can I go out to paint?)"

• 2012 Best in Show, SAA Juried Exhibition, Front Street Gallery, painting "In the Land of Giants"

• 2011 Best in Show, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Alida's Vision"

• 2010 First Prize, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy Ma, painting "Cale"

• 2010 Third Prize, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting "The Few, The Proud”

• 2010 First Prize, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Fred"

• 2009 First Prize Painting, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy, Ma, painting "Muls"

• 2009 Third Prize Painting, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma painting "Gate C"

• 2009 City's Choice Award, Downtown Crossing Juried Art Competition, Boston, Ma painting "Mul's"

• 2009 Third Prize, The Winter Juried Show, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Ma painting "Fred"


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• BFA Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Ma


• South Boston Arts Association

• Quincy Art Association

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