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Debora Tweedie of Indian Harbour Beach is the April 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. To enter this free drawing, visit the Studios any day in April Monday and Tuesday 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. For more information about exhibits, artists and workshop schedules, visit www.studiosofcocoabeach.org.