Deborah DeWit was born March 28th, 1956 in Portland, Oregon to naturalized Americans. Her mother, father and infant brother arrived by ship in 1950 in San Pedro, California, via South America from Holland.
One side of her father's family were etchers, illustrators and painters stretching back several generations in The Hague and grain handlers on the other.
On her mother's side of the family were Dutch plantation owners and British traders in the Dutch East Indies, also for several generations. Her father's career in the grain business took her and her family to live in many parts of the U.S. as well as around the world. This varied and somewhat exotic background had a strong influence on Deborah's professional yearnings.
Although entering Cornell University as an Agronomy major, the artistic pull of her father's blood and the adventurous streak in her mother's, combined to lead her away from University and set her on a journey to discover her own interests and talents. At the age of fifteen she found that the camera suited her quest and in her twenties set about discovering the world with young eyes recording her travels with image and word. Her photographs received immediate praise and she began the life of a working artist in 1976.
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