Debora Tweedie, June Artist of the Month
Debora Tweedie of Indian Harbour Beach is the June Artist of the Month at the Studios of Cocoa Beach, 165 Minuteman Causeway in downtown Cocoa Beach. An award winning nature photographer, Debora also creates unique marine sculptures from palm fibers. Both are on display at the Studios.
Debora has taken photos since childhood, inspired by her father, an interior designer with a darkroom ”behind the coal furnace”. The ocean has been central to her life, so she majored in Marine Biology plus graduate work in Marine Geology. The search for a job lead her to teaching and she taught for 36 years. She and her daughter Morgan, also a teacher, were recently inducted into the Viera High School Hall of Fame for their work with the National Ocean Science Academic Team, as well as coaching tennis and the swim team.
Debora’s lifestyle and career have been centered on the marine environment, so naturally her photography features the ocean and its inhabitants. “I always carry a camera You never know when you will see the perfect shot.” Her Fantasea Fish are made from palm seed sheaths and reflect her knowledge of fish anatomy plus a vivid use of color.
One of Debora’s fish sculptures “Cruising” is the prize in the Studios’ monthly giveaway. Visit the Studios of Cocoa Beach by June 30 to enter the free drawing. The Studios is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 pm to 7 pm. Any day you can view art in our window and can even enter the monthly drawing thru a QR code on display there. Profiles of all of our artists are on the website www.studiosofcocoabeach.org.