Debra was born in Frankfurt, Germany on a US Army base in the mid 1970's. She was raised speaking both German
and English and moved to the US when she was four years old. She grew up in a small farming town outside of
Columbus, Ohio where she spent a lot of her time out in nature. She also got to spend a lot of summers back
in Germany with her relatives exploring both the old cities and the beautiful German countryside. The Alps
and Black Forrest are her favorite places to visit.
Crayons, Play-Doh, and Legos were her first mediums and Debra's creative talents were apparent at a very early age. Her grandmother, seeing a possible future artist in her, signed her up for art classes with a local artist, Jim Atwood. She took classes for several years at his home studio and became proficient in drawing from nature. Her mother currently has the largest private collection of her work, including many of those early drawings and paintings.
In high school she became more interested in computers, photography and design by helping put together three yearbooks. She then attended Kent State University receiving a BA in studio art with a minor in art history. Her years at Kent were well spent refining her skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and design. When she wasn’t in the studio working she had a job with the university driving buses. The Campus Bus Service, a student run service, was more than a paycheck to her; it also gave her the inspiration for her senior project in painting. Some of the works from that series are still her favorites and the first works she ever sold.
Debra still works with public transportation as a scheduling software specialist. She still does occasional pieces about buses, but her latest work has taken a different direction. They focus on intimacy, trust and passion in relationships. Although some works may feature a fetish or erotic quality, the idea is to show the intimacy and trust needed for these activities. This intimacy is not only with the subjects in her pieces, but also with the viewer - inviting them into a private moment, trusting them with her inner thoughts, and hopefully inspiring a passion within them for her work. She uses both found images from the internet and personal photographs to base the pieces on.
Debra currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She is not represented by any gallery and only sells her work through private commissions or prints available at Bobuta.DeviantArt.com. Her alias, Bobuta, is a long-standing nickname and derived from the combining of her parents’ names, Bob and Ute, and is how she signs all of her pieces.