About the Artist…
…I’m a beach girl. When I was little I would sit alone on the dunes and think that the crashing waves were “Mother Natures Heartbeat”. I remember how motivated I was to create art after an exquisite performance by lightning or watching the delicate but powerful dance of a butterfly…
After a charmed 15 year career as a fashion jewelry designer, I took time off to raise my son. The urge to create beckoned and I was back to college for landscape design and a new career. While working in the gardens, I found myself being pulled back to my roots as a sculptor, painter and again, my 1st love, jewelry design...this time in the steampunk genre.
Recently, I’ve developed a fascination for the construct of technology---the intricate designs of motherboards, heat coils and laser pick ups. This came about when my son & his friends were smashing an old transistor radio. We were all fascinated by the “guts”. Thanks boys, this led to my newest collection……
Educational & Career Background….
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y.
California College of the Arts, Berkley, Ca. Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts. Metal major under Florence Resnikoff, Glass minor under Marvin Lipofsky
Master Goldsmith Ellen Broker & Master Silversmith Hans Christensen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mid ‘80’s to early ‘90’s
Sole proprietor of Debbie Lee Ridge Designs. High-end sterling & Glass fashion jewelry. Retailers such as Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom. Featured in publications such as New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar.
Mid ‘90’s to 2005
Stay at home Mom and playing in the garden
2005- Back to School- Palm Beach Community College Landscape Design & Construction
2007-Formed Earth Wind & Flowers Landscape Design & Installation