Biography

Biography



Debbie lives and works in a quaint beach community in New Jersey. She is married with three children and recalls always loving to draw. Her earliest inspirations in art came from an aunt who is an oil painter and her dad, who left the legacy of  his hard work ethic as she watched him  meticulously and skillfully complete projects including building furniture. A middle school  teacher commissioned her to create a piece in pastels at the age of 13. Her first job title as a teen was Arts & Crafts Coordinator for a town-wide parks and recreation department.  After studying painting in college with artist Harry I. Naar, www.harryinaar.com she went on to receive a B.A. Degree with a major in Fine Arts from Kean University.  A move to the Jersey Shore in 1997 connected Debbie to several arts organizations that reignited her desire to paint after years of devotion to her family. She explored a 10 year period of commissions in portraiture and representational art now in private collections. Simultaneously, inspiring children in art became a focused commitment for many years. She designed workshops in art for all ages both in and out of her studio including organizations such as churches, homeschool groups and assisted living. In 2007 she completed and copyrighted “True Colors,” a simple yet sophisticated collection of small torn paper collages.  After studying acting in 2008, she was inspired to take greater risks with her work resulting in an emerging style of highly textured expressive abstractions.  She and her husband Tom were also instrumental at that time in planting a church in their community, Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel www.jscalvary.com. Debbie is convinced that her life paints a much bigger picture and embraces the fact that art, faith and life are inseparable. The beauty  and simplicity of spirituality and relationship through faith in Christ fuels her passion to create and live with greater joy, vision and purpose, leading to doors of opportunity to show work in churches, galleries, corporations and various other arts venues.  In 2011, Brian Fox Krawczyk, creative visionary and founder of Genealogy Beauty, LLC commissioned Deb as the first artist to  interpret his brilliant vision “Holidiacious Happenings,” (one of four beauty collections to be launched in Genealolgy’s Woman of the Year 2012campaign) resulting in the completion of the piece “Celestial Celebration.”  Aea Marc,Vice President of Product Development at Genealogy LLC writes, "The emotion she brings to her work makes Deborah the perfect artist to envision Genealogy's Year of the Woman 2012."


All Things New

The creative and developmental process of my work is often challenging and invariably unpredictable. An aesthetic harvest of discernible images are wielded  with a single palette knife while fearlessly taking risks with composition and color.  A lavish amount of heavy pigments, muted dialogue, hours of relentless application of paint and deliberation are what determines the direction and ultimate complexion of  each piece.  The entire process is like diving into an infinite  treasure trove of revelatory riches.  That which surfaces is a refreshing sense of wonderment and playful delight.”

Debbie Jencsik, 2012


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013    The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ - "Love Songs"
2013    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ - "True Colors" - Debbie Jencsik Paintings
2012    M. Christina Geis Gallery, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
2012    Idiosyncrazies Gallery, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
2012    The Oyster Point Hotel, Red Bank, NJ - “All Things New”
2011    Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ - “Revels: Expressions in Truth”
2008    Point Pleasant Library, Point Pleasant,  NJ – “True Colors”
2001    Ralyn Art Center Gallery, Lakewood, NJ
2001    Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Brick, NJ - Debbie Jencsik: Paintings and Student Art
                               
Selected Group Shows
2013    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ - "Fifty Shades of Tea"
2013    Connecticut State Capitol Building, Hartford, CT
2013    Healing Newtown Arts Space, Newtown, CT - "Healing Newtown Through the Arts"
2012    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ – Red Bank Art Walk -  invitational
2012    Gallery 135, Red Bank,  NJ - “Stations of the Cross” Exhibition
2012    Idiosyncrazies Gallery - Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
2012    Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ - Exhibiting Member’s Show
2012    PCPC Arts Festival, Dallas, TX - “The Passion and the Promise”
2011    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ - “Taste and See”
2011    ArtReach Gallery - Dallas, TX 
2011    PCPC Arts Festival, Dallas, TX - “Parables, Surprised by Truth”
2010    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ - “Wind, Water, Oil, Fire”
2010    Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ - Exhibiting Members Show
2010    White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA - “Fine Art and Faith” Exhibition
2010    Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ - “Edgy to Avante Garde”
2009    Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ - Exhibiting Members Show
2009    Gallery 135, Red Bank, NJ - “Word”
2009    White Stone Gallery, Philadephia, PA – Juried Exhibition
2002    Ocean County Artists Guild Juried State Exhibition, Toms River, NJ
2001    Ocean County Artists Guild, Toms River, NJ
2000    Ralyn Art Center, Lakewood, NJ
1999    Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ
1999    Laurelton Art Society, Brick, NJ 
1999    American Artists Professional League, Ocean County College, Tom River, NJ
1999    American Artists Professional League, Center for the Arts, Millville, NJ
1999    American Artists Professional League, Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City,NJ 
                                           
Corporate and Private Collections
Genealogy, LLC  Hackensack, NJ
1998-2011  Private Collections -  Portrait Commissions

                       
Varied Studies 2008
Actor’s Workshop - Flo Salant Greeberg, Manhattan,  New York
Actor’s Training Institute - John Eyd, Eatontown, NJ
                 
Positions Held – 1998-2012
Full Time Artist/Instructor
Annual Congressional Art Competition Juror, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
Private art instructor/ portfolio development for high school students
Workshop Coordinator and Instructor for various organizations in NJ including assisted living
Primary Colors Art Studio, Owner/Instructor - developed workshops in art for all ages

Education
Kean University, B.A., Fine Arts
Studied with Harry I. Naar – Middlesex College
                 
Representation
Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ
Idiosyncrazies Gallery, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ