Debra Lee Valeri, born in 1960, grew up in Bridgewater, MA. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. At RISD she studied with with many well known instructors including illustrator Chris VanAllsburg, painter Tom Sgouros, and color field theorist, Sy Sillman (once assistant to Josef Albers). Her early career as an illustrator began with staff positions at ad agencies and manufactures. After acquiring a MA Teacher’s Certificate in 1988 she taught Art at area high schools and taught Illustration during RISD Summer Sessions.
Debra, along with her husband and two children, moved to Westport, MA in 1999 where she soon discovered the rich local landscape that would become her passion and source of artistic inspiration.
In 2007 she built a new studio in Westport, MA where she now focuses on painting oil landscapes full time. Her work is always on view at her Meadowbrook Studio gallery.
She became an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists of Newbury Street, Boston, in 2015. She is also a member of the Oil Painters of America and Allied Artists of America, as well as several local art organizations. She has won several Best of Show and First Place awards and and her work may be found in collections throughout the country.