Deborah Tidwell Holtzscheiter was born in Albany, Georgia. She grew up creating art and, although she had always wanted to attend art school, she chose what appeared to be the more practical route. She graduated from Georgia State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. She gained valuable computer and graphic design experience in the work place. After leaving her position as marketing manager and becoming pregnant at 42, the time seemed right to seriously pursue her lifelong desire to create art. She attended the University of South Carolina – Aiken under the tutelage of Al Beyer and painted with the fine group of artists there where her artistic ability was nurtured and encouraged.
Deborah has earned recognition with her oil paintings. She has entered and been accepted in juried shows and won numerous awards for her artwork.
She's a member of the Aiken Artist Guild and has served in various positions on the board including President.
With camera by her side, Deborah is always on the lookout for her next painting. She is constantly thinking about her paintings and even dreams of them. Integrating a range of themes and styles, her detailed paintings include realism with whimsical tones. Her inspiration comes from everyday events and images in the world around her taken from an unusual perspective. In her sunroom studio, many works progress simultaneously. No matter the subject, she’s just happy to be painting. "A good painting is a like a good book," says Deborah. "You can’t wait to see what happens, but when you finish you’re sorry to see it end."
In her "free" time Deborah enjoys Zumba which she also teaches, estate sales, going to the gym and walking in Hitchcock Woods.