Deborah Paul

My hunt for tins is endless. I love the colorful images printed on the tins. These visuals leap out at me. For each piece a theme develops as I study my tins. Colors, patterns and details are considered. The tins are dismantled by hand. They are pounded flat using a hammer on an old cutting board. I strive to preserve the unique features of the tins; the seam edges, natural wear and tear, pictures and words. The tins are cut to highlight these elements. Nothing is wasted. The cut shapes often incorporate the metal memory of the original manufactured shape of the tins. The cut pieces bend and curl accordingly. I capitalize on the reflective qualities of the metal playing with negative space, light and dark. Each piece I create changes as the lighting around it changes. Recycled and hand made tools are used. With stamps I add words and designs.

Options for the base include job site scrap, cupboard doors, shelves, crate ends, cut plywood, and furniture. I arrange and rearrange the tin pieces into my vision. They are nailed on with 1/2” wire nails. I turn post consumer tins into one of a kind vibrant artworks.

My studio is located in The Tin House, a full house installation of art created by me and my friends and family.

Fremont - Seattle, Washington


Curriculum Vitae

In my prior life, I owned/ operated 1000 acre Sweetgrass Ranch in Newport, Washington. There I raised Morgan horses, Polled Hereford Cattle, Weed free alfalfa-grass hay, yellow labs and a couple of kids.

I am a self taught Tin Artist.

My artistic journey began in 2006 when, taking inspiration from Great Uncle Jack’s Tin Can Art, I began to create my own.

  • Red Bull Art of Can Exhibition, Finalist, River East Art Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. November 2007.

  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County 24th Annual Open Studios Art Tour, participant. October 2009, Santa Cruz, California.

  • The New Davenport Gallery, Pacific School Fundraiser, May 5 - 31, 2010, Davenport, California.

  • Davenport, California. Artisan Market, Summer weekends 2010
    The New Davenport Gallery, “Abstractions.” August 4 - 31, 2010, Davenport, California.

  • The New Davenport Gallery, “Reused and Recycled.” October 6 - 31, 2010, Davenport, California.

  • Santa Cruz Magazine, Fall 2010, “Works in Progress, Local Artists open their Studio Doors.” Justine DaCosta.

  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County, 25th Annual Open Studios Art Tour, participant, October 2011,. Santa Cruz, California.

  • The New Davenport Gallery, “Metal is Magic.” December 1 - January 30, 2010, Davenport, California.

  • Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Art is a Gift, Holiday Arts and Crafts Marketplace, December 1 - 30, Port Angeles, Washington.

  • Rain Shadow Coffee, Black Velvet Glow in the Dark Masterpieces, Solo show, February/March 2012., Sequim, Washington.

  • Sequim Arts High School Student Show - Judge, 2012. Sequim, Washington.

  • Danaca Design Student and Teacher Exhibition, December 2012, Danaca Design, Seattle, Washington

  • Seattle Metals Guild Biennial - Washington State Convention Center, in the South Galleria, Seattle, Washington. May - July 2013

  • 10 x 10 x 10 x Tieton, National Juried show, August/11 – October/9/2013, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, Washington.

  • Mixed Media, Women’s Caucus for Art – Colorado Chapter, National Juried Show, September 12 – 28, 2013, Annex at Core Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

  • The Road Not Taken, November 1 – December 7, 2013, Lander Art Center, Lander, Wyoming.

  • Streetwise, April 24 – May 5, 2014, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

  • 1st Prize Winner - Urban Underground, May 10 – July 23, 2014, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois. (Juror Christina Cosio, Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sullivan Galleries).

  • Unleashed, July 10 – 27, 2014, Women’s Caucus for Art, Colorado Chapter National Juried Show. Annex at Core Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

  • Art Port Townsend – 16th annual Expression Northwest Show. August 1 – 31, 2014, Northwinds Art Center, Port Townsend, Washington. (Juror: Greg Robinson, Executive Director and Curator of Baimbridge Island Museum of Art).

  • 10 x 10 x Tieton, August 11 – October 9, 2014, Mighty Tieton Warehouse, Tieton, Washington.

  • Art Without Waste; 500 Upcycled and Earth Friendly Designs, September 2014,Patty K. Wongpakdee.

  • Tacoma Children’s Museum, Metal Urge. October 1 – November 31, 2014, Tacoma Washington.

  • 'Cut and Bent', February 28 - June 7th, 2015 Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island Washington.

  • Seattle Metals Guild biennale, April 2 - June 21, 2015., Seattle Convention Center,

  • Inky Spokes, A traveling Exhibition of Bicycle Art, May 6 - 25th, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington.

Some of my art is owned by:

Anne Barnes - Santa Barbara, California. Jack Howard - Santa Barbara, California. Elise Levinson - Santa Cruz, California. Diane Vallincourt - Santa Cruz, California. Larry Harden - Santa Cruz, California. Edie Sullivan - Seattle, Washington. Melissa Evans -Seattle, Washington. Langdon and Anne Simons - Seattle, Washington. Rick Paul -Santa Barbara, California. Jenny and Kyle Radulesk - Lake Oswego, Oregon. Meghan and Curran O’Brien - Portland, Oregon. Cutter Wicks - Portland, Oregon. Carly Sullivan - Lake Oswego, Oregon. Christina Wilson - Manzanita, Oregon. Christianna Honeycutt - Santa Cruz, California. Mattie Leeds - Santa Cruz, California. Sal Bartolomeno - New York, New York. Patsy Wilkes - Santa Cruz, California. Nan Wonderly - Seattle, Washington. Philip Salter – Seattle, Washington. Elias Chimbuku – Portland, Oregon.

Studio: The Tin House - Fremont. Seattle, Washington., 206-940-3069.
Mailing address: 3518 Fremont Ave N., #473, Seattle, Washington 98103.