508-879-7347 deb@perugi.com

About Deb

Paternostri comes from the latin “Pater” Nostri” or “Our Father”.  “Paternostri” is a ancient term for beads (as on a rosary) in Italy. And that gave me the idea for the name for my bead jewelry business. It started thirteen years ago when I was walking by a store front that featured hand beaded jewelry. I went in to buy a gift for my mother and decided to make a necklace instead. For over twelve tears, and more than a few necklaces later, I made jewelry and sold them at area craft shows as Paternostri.

Then in 2016 I decided to get back into oil painting and which was the activity of my youth. Since then, I have taken lessons from Becky Gibbs in Framingham, and Caleb Stone and Martha Wakefield in Concord, Massachusetts. I look forward to more workshops or classes, and painting either plein-air or in my basement studio.

As a child, I spent a few summers with my grandparents in Brooklyn and back in those days, there wasn’t much a little girl could do except play stoop ball or work on paint by number paintings. I was pretty good at “keeping in the lines”, so my grandfather, who was an artist and sculptor from Italy, bought me a John Nagy Learn to Draw set. (I still have parts of it!) On later visits, I would sketch images out of National Geographic Magazine. Later, I graduated to painting on real canvas and majored in art at Penn State University.

I admit, after graduation, I needed a break from art, so I got a job illustrating and making maps for a small company in Cambridge, MA and then landed a job at The Boston Globe as a graphic designer.  Fast forward to marriage and twins. A freelance business in graphics evolved into web design and Which still keeps me busy. And with some free time, I’m happy to pick up where I left off.

I have enjoyed being part of shows In Newton during Newton Open Studios and in Concord, at the Concord Art Association.