Deborah Uhl's passion for painting and conservation first revealed itself at the young age of six. She painted a life-size mural of Jesus on the Water on her parent's wall. Throughout her childhood, she painted meticulous trees and figures, which evolved into detailed foregrounds contrasted with expressive airbrushed backgrounds. Her creative visions were always meant to be seen on a grand scale. Her attraction to detail led her to explore the chemistry of artist's materials and techniques. Her desire to keep going deeper led her to an Advanced Degree in Painting Conservation. Her understanding of past aesthetics and of materials both past and present informs the conservation art she creates and the historic surfaces she conserves. Her pursuit of experiencing and learning from the natural wonders of the world have led her into a gypsy lifestyle in which she weaves her personal and the professional. Her latest adventures led her to Cambodia to paint the strangler trees growing out of 400 year old temples and to the Philippines to conserve moldy contemporary paintings and to exhibit her watercolors of the Thai countryside.
Mediums: No specialty noted.
For more information, visit the artist's website at http://www.deborahuhl.com.
by Deborah Uhl
Location: Downtown; 1015 Farnam
Owner: O Dining Restaurant
Additional Information: This entire mural was painted in one week, and much of it at night due to the proximity of parked cars during the day. Three artists assisted in creating the mural: local Blair Art Educator, Angel Thomas, Objects Conservator from the Ford Conservation Center, Julie Parker, and Las Vegas Artist, Erica Deutsch, who painted the cityscape. Deborah despairs that the Great Wall painting, painted in the eighties, underneath the Faraway Lands mural was not in good enough condition to be saved and integrated into the new mural. The artist and client's intention for the new mural was to brighten the building and draw attention into the new restaurant housed within. O'Dining's menu brings in cuisine from Faraway Lands so we felt the subject of the mural was fitting. Deborah brought in her favorite subject, the Bristlecone pine trees, from Colorado's mountain tops, for the foreground and had them flow into the Omaha cityscape as the focal point for the mural. Deborah Uhl, an Omaha native, is a Mural Artist and also a Mural Conservator. She travels the world working in and outside historic buildings and new ones. She leads crews of Artists and Conservators on large scale projects through her company, the Creative Conservation Collective, based out of Colorado. She conserved the murals in the Durham Museum and has restored theatre interiors including decorative curtains in West Point, Kearney, Scottsbluff, and Kimball.