Debby Mason was first inspired to begin etching whilst studing ‘A’ Levels at Plymouth College. She went on to complete a foundation course at Exeter College of Art and Design before going on to achieve a BA (Hons) degree in Printmaking at West Surrey College of Art and Design. She was awarded one of the three Whatman Paper prizes for the most outstanding printmaker under the age of 35 by The Royal Society of Painter – Etchers and Engravers.
Debby now has a workshop at her home in Plymouth where over the last few years she has specialized in etchings of marine life. She is a keen diver, both in her home waters of Plymouth Sound and occasional diving trips abroad for inspiration!
The Natural History Museum in London has requested her etchings for charity fund raising on behalf of the Museum Development Trust. An exhibition ‘Tiger Tails & Dansing Dragons’ was on show at London Zoo for 7 years (2001 to 2008) and has so far raised over £6000 for ‘Project Seahorse’ a conversation/education organisation. She is also involved with EAZA Turtle&Tortoise campaign ‘ShellShock’.
She feels most strongly that we constantly take and profit from sea and put very little of any good back in to it.
For two yers DEFRA have given Debby’s work as ministerial gifts.
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