Throughout her life, images weather on paper, canvas, or wood, have been modes of Lanning’s self expression. Her paintings convey a sense of nature through abstractions. The Horizon series is heavily influenced by her surroundings and experiences. The paintings in this series have an interesting dichotomy between the stylized reality of what we see above the surface and the delicate dance of organic patterns which mischievously lay beneath the surface. These elements combined with Lanning’s strong sense of color create an abstract landscape that is contemporary and inspirational.
Debra received her Associate of Liberal Art from Grand Rapids Community College. She went on to attain a Bachelor of Fine Art from Grand Valley State University; during her time at GVSU she was awarded a scholarship to attend Oxbow, Chicago Art Institute’s summer camp. Once she completed her studies at the university she began painting and participating in multiple solo and group exhibitions. Her work can be found in many notable collections such as Greektown Hotel & Casino in Detroit, The Melting Pot in Ann Arbor, Westin Hotel in Tampa, and MEI Hotel in North Miami.