Local Women: Deb Drew

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February is more than just Valentine’s day to Deb Drew. February means spring is coming soon. This is perfect for Drew’s love of photography because spring is filled with all things fresh and new. “There is beauty all around in the colors and the smells; it is always an amazing season that I love.” Drew has been doing photography for most of her life, but four years ago she took pictures that changed her path. “I got about 80 pictures of a bald eagle in Baldwin, Mich. When I took my enlargements to Framer’s Edge in Okemos, the owner, LeeAnn Buckingham was so helpful and kind. She became a mentor and friend to me. She encouraged me to do more with my photography, and that is how I got started with my business.” Drew now has a studio/gallery in Keller Plaza in downtown Williamston. Most of the photography that Drew focuses on has to do with scenery, flowers and birds. “I am also learning some new portrait techniques and hope to get more into that in the future,” said Drew. “It’s a natural instinct for me any time I see something of interest. I like to share my art with others and be involved with local artists.” “I think most artists would agree with me when I say it is somewhat (of) a hassle to cart around our framed pieces when traveling to exhibits, but it’s worth it in the end when we see the final result and (see) people look over pieces,” Drew said. Drew just got a new Canon D-60 that has video capability. “That will be a great new area for me to venture into. I want to continue what I am doing now and always look for something new to photograph,” said Drew. “I just have to get out there and find whatever is out there waiting for me.” “Traveling is a great time for me to photograph. I travel to Sweden to visit my sister and my son in Germany,” Drew said. “I have these two amazing places to visit and look forward to seeing new things. It is always great to travel to interesting places because you can switch up the subject in your photographs. People love looking at photos with interesting scenery and great composition.” Drew has been inspired by many places and people throughout her life and has overcome many challenges of photography that other artists have also experienced. “All of my family members have been very supportive and encouraging throughout my journey.” Overall, the different experiences she has had have made her successful in her path to becoming a photographer. Drew is not afraid to get out into the art world. Recently, Drew took a risk and participated in the ArtPrize Contest in Grand Rapids. She would love to have that experience again and aspires to win a prize in the contest. “Have confidence in yourself and join one or two artist groups; there are several good ones around Lansing. Share your art with others and don’t be shy about calling yourself an artist. Do something that you’ve always wanted to do without fear.”
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