I was carving faces into soap bars at 3.  When I was 6 my mother opened Gavant Gallery, one of the first art galleries in Atlanta, Georgia, where I spent most of my youth.  I had my first one-person show in fourth grade.  I've always been an artist.

Graduating high school at 16, I traveled to Israel for 6 months with Sherut La’am/Service Corp. An early marriage, my then father in law owned the famous Delano Hotel on Miami Beach. I worked in every department from sous chef to union negotiator.

I next moved to NYC.  I worked on the top floor of the Empire State Building. Occasionally I answered the phone for 2 bookies renting the living room. With winter approaching I headed back to Atlanta, getting a job at CNN, working the wall spanning computer graphics console as an on-air Broadcast Designer, winning a National Broadcast Designer’s Award. I founded and directed The Gallery at CNN Center.  An 'alternative space' gallery, it soon became the most reviewed and controversial art gallery in town, while also giving several now well-known artists their first one person show. I also commissioned and created artwork for CNN Center’s expansive Omni Hotel lobby.
 
For several years I sold my signature limited edition sculptural handbags at fashion icon Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue in New York City as well as numerous boutiques. They received enthusiastic praise in the New York Times, New York magazine, Women's Wear Daily, and many other media outlets.  More recently they were featured in the book, "The Art of the Handbag" by Clare Anthony.

I've had a web presence since 2000, my early website in the Internet Archive. My art has been in numerous group and one person shows, shown on CNN and HGTV, and has won several awards including Best Mixed Media at DragonCon, the largest popular arts convention in the world.

I have had adventures, traveled the world, most recently spending two years in Jerusalem. I am also the proud mother of two beautiful children, boy and girl. I am still married to their father, my friend, patron and/or enabler. Besides art I am interested in psychology, synthetic biology and general science.

I am self taught, and very much the outsider artist. Though there have been forays into the world, I mostly just make stuff, some of which could be considered original art.  Years ago, Glenn Harper, writing in ArtForum magazine said, “Gavant subtly manipulates her surface carnival to suggest a depth of meaning perpetually just beyond our reach."  It's still that way.

Debra Gavant