DEBBIE BEAN PORTRAIT STAINED GLASS

THE ARTIST

Debbie Bean is a Los Angeles based artist living in the quiet Equestrian neighborhood of Shadow Hills with her husband, dog and three lazy cats. They enjoy spending their evenings listening to the neighborhood peacocks from their front porch. Her career has spanned both sides of the continent, bringing a unique blend of the frenetic energy New York offers and the calmness the Pacific Ocean embodies. 

BEGINNNINGS

Her love of stained glass started early, as she grew up with it in her childhood home. She designed her first panel when she was 10 years old for a window that needed to be replaced in her bathroom door. She took her first stained glass class when she was 16 and it planted the seed that would lead her to become the glass artist she is today.

PAST

A photographer originally, Debbie spent her time in New York photographing the emerging Brooklyn music scene. Between photo shoots, she rediscovered her love for painting and would stay up at night drawing on the floor of her studio apartment, her dog slumbering by her side. She returned to Los Angeles, only to find herself on the road with the Akron/Family. Afterwards, she quickly found herself apprenticing under a master Tibetan monk, studying the ancient tradition of Tibetan Painting. Secluded up in the Tehachapi mountains, she worked alongside him painting and studying his techniques.

Always looking for new experiences and adventure, Debbie headed back out on the road for the better portion of a year working and traveling with the Stone Temple Pilots. She went on to spend the next few years working behind the scenes in the art world and in 2014 returned to her childhood love of Stained Glass. 

PRESENT

Debbie uses glass as a constant medium of exploration. She works in traditional leadwork and copper foiling as well as warm glass and mosaics to create her dynamic line of decorative objects and functional home goods. Geometric architectural elements influence her designs resulting in colorful and unique handmade pieces. Her work is the embodiment of functional art, meant to be organic in nature and not perfect factory reproductions.

Her days are spent in her home studio, listening to podcasts, burning sage and getting her hands dirty. When she's not in the studio, you can find her on her mat at the Raven studying with Tony G or busy in the kitchen making sure her husband is well fed.