Untitled Document

Deborah Last

Deborah Last, Hartland Point
Deborah Last, Meldon Quarry
Deborah Last, Sunrise Over Bideford
Deborah Last, Torridge river path
Deborah Last, Torrington common by the Torridge.
Deborah Last, Tree Lake Farm, devon

Deborah Last

Deborah attended a Pre BA foundation Course at Rochester School of Art. In 1987, she graduated with a BA Hons Three Dimensional Design Ceramics and Glass, Leicester Polytechnic. This was followed, in1987-88, by a Post Graduate certificate in Art Education, Leicester Polytechnic. Now, Deborah has just completed, in 2020, a MA in Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University.

Deborah is an Art teacher:

  • 1989-1996 Art teacher and house parent: Hebron School, Ootacamund, South India.
  • 1997-2005: Art teacher and house mistress, Lord Wandsworth College.
  • 2005- 2008: Lead Art Tutor and joint founder Canvas Art School, Buckingham, January.
  • 2008-2016: Art Tutor and joint Founder and owner Buckingham Art School.
  • 2016 to present: Artist and owner of Drawing and Painting with Debs Last

Deborah regularly runs online and face-to-face classes and runs art holidays and retreats. She also offers one-to-one support and mentoring for emerging artists.

In 2021 she was long-listed for the Jackson’s Painting Prize, a selection of 100 artists from an initial submission of 39,000.

Her work:

Deborah works directly from life and from memory to create light-filled work relating to the landscape and the connections we make with it as humans. She explores the landscape through daily painting, capturing the light and weather of the changing seasons. Her contemporary style, expressive colour and intriguing brush strokes, blend with a traditional form of art to create unique and beautiful paintings that explore the strong connections we have made to the landscapes around us in recent times.

Having spent 7 years living in India, working as an artist and tutor, her work retains the love of colour and story that so inspired her whilst she was there. When she is painting, her work takes on a more imagined approach, developing the landscapes researched through ‘en plein air’ work into more abstracted and narrative works.


Her work is held in private collections throughout the UK and abroad.