Deborah Jencsik

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Deborah Jencsik was born in Livingston, New Jersey.  As one who always loved to draw, Debbie’s earliest influence in painting was her aunt, who is an artist. She eventually studied painting under the renowned artist and professor, Harry I. Naar, and received a B.A. Degree in Fine Arts from Kean University.

 

After moving to the Jersey Shore area in 1997, Debbie connected with the Ocean County Artists Guild, Laurelton Art Society, and the NJ Chapter of the American Artists Professional League, where honors and awards were received as a result of participation in a juried state competition and other group shows. Her early training was in representational art and eventually portraiture. She received numerous commissions which are now in private collections.

Debbie believes it is vital to bring art into the community and for that purpose has always entertained opportunities to exhibit locally, including venues such as bookstores, libraries, churches, hospitals and festivals. Inspiring children in art and encouraging creativity has also been a focused commitment for many years. One of her studios evolved into a small business, Primary Colors Art Studio,which was established for the advancement of teaching art to children. She has designed workshops in art for various organizations in New Jersey and shared her love for art therapy in the nursing home environment. Commissioned for many years to work with children privately in their homes, Debbie was dedicated to fostering and facilitating their talents and appreciation in art. She has also had the privilege to serve alongside two other distinguished artists as a judge for the prestigious Annual Congressional High School Art Competition representing United States Congressman Christopher Smith’s district, hosted by Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. 

The years invested in working with children has had an impact on Debbie's emerging style, and in 2007 she completed and copyrighted True Colors, a collection of small torn paper collages that she plans to elaborate on for a children's book and future interactive traveling exhibitions specifically designed for kids. In 2008, she embarked on studying acting in New York City under the direction of Flo Salant Greenberg, whose mentoring was invaluable. In 2009, her work was exhibited in White Stone Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PCPC Festival of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, and an invitational exhibition with Red Bank Community Church, Red Bank, New Jersey.

While continuing to work toward reaching greater potential in painting, Debbie believes our lives paint a much bigger picture.  Faith and family will always be a priority. Her willingness to encourage and inspire others is paramount to her success. She is married with three children, whom she lovingly refers to as her most treasured works of art.

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