Deborah Lader

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?


1961, USA, Ohio. Currently in Chicago.



What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?


I was “tagged" at a young age to draw things and I didn’t know any better.



Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?


I have no ties to skateboarding except through my cousin’s husband who skates and builds skate parks for a living down in Austin, TX. 

Also, some of my artists (I run a printmaking studio) are skateboarders, and the vacant second floor of my studio has been a nice winter 

home to skaters over the years. One of our skateboarder students alerted me to the fact that I almost painted the wrong side of the deck. oops.



Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 


Robert Rauschenberg. He was always reinventing himself as need be, and worked in many different mediums, as I do. Plus, his “happenings”

were, well, HAPPENING.



When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?


Running a printshop and singing/touring/playing with my AltFolk band, Sons of the Never Wrong ( I also love to experiment with spices

and stay fit.


Who are your biggest influences?


Peter Kahn, a Renaissance man who mentored me in college and taught me about printmaking, books, and that it was ok to doodle constantly (which I did

anyway, but now I had support), Laszlo Kraus (the painter husband of my childhood piano teacher who gave me my first sketchbook), my bandmates (one 

of whom is the best songwriter I know and the other the most gifted singer on the planet) and my colleagues - artists working in multiple mediums such as 

Tony Fitzpatrick and John Langford. My other great influence are my sons, one of whom is on the autistic spectrum, and about whom much of my artwork is based.

My other son is the most creative person I know.



What mediums do you enjoy working in?


printmaking (etching, lithography, woodcut), painting (oil and acrylic), mixed media and encaustic. I also dabble in jewelry, book making, candle-making,

card-making, casting, and other stuff. Basically, I’m like the Martha Stewart of the Art World. 



Anything else you want to tell?


I happen to be the Imelda of the Folk Music circuit, because I have awesome shoes. I also love kale. And I dress really weird, at least according to my family. 

I don’t really see it, but I do try to match my socks to my underwear and to my wrist warmers. I believe I invented wrist warmers, in fact.