About & Media

My Collage Art

  • Akron Collage artist Deborah ShapiroWhenever you meet someone new or hear of an event, there is always more to the person or the story than your first impression.  Or, as the saying goes, "there's more than meets the eye".  You'll find that to be true with my artwork.  From a distance, you see the subject of the artwork while close up, you will find a myriad of details.  My collages are painted with ripped and cut bits of paper from magazines, which are layered between coats of clear acrylic and finished with an acrylic varnish for UV protection.  The main subjects of my art reflect my love of animals and the everyday experiences that comprise my middle-aged, mid-west suburban life like coffee, wine and flowers.
  • I I stumbled onto this style after having a major jaw surgery in 2013.  Looking through magazines as I recovered,  I was drawn to the colors and started to think about how I could use that as “paint”.  After making my first few collages, I was addicted.
  • Prior to creating collages, I was a corporate videographer for over 35 years and created less than ten pieces of art over that period in oils and acrylics.


  • 2018 Honorable Mention from Boston Mills Artfest, Peninsula, OH
  • 2017 First Place for Non-Traditional Art from Art in the Park, Medina, OH
  • 2017 Judges Selection Award from Cain Park, Cleveland Hts, Oh
  • 2016 Honorable Mention from Art on the Green, Hudson, OH

The Personal Stuff

  • Artist Deborah Shapiro with her dogsI live in Bath Township, Ohio, which is near Akron, Ohio, with my cameraman husband, two dogs and a cat.  I enjoy hiking at the local Metroparks and in Cuyahoga National Park (so fortunate to have those nearby), love to explore while traveling, have a deep compassion for animals, and embrace the simple things in life. UPDATE 2018 - We lost the dog on the left to cancer this past February.  We now have added a new member to the family, a little collie puppy.  It's very bittersweet, but I'll need to update this photo soon.





News Media

Applause Interview on PBS WVIZ    May 2018 - TV

Interview with magazine collage artist Deborah Shapiro on WVIZ ideastream

PBS Ch. 49/ WONE/WAKR Forum 360 with Leia Love  March 2018 -TV and Radio
    Leia Love interviews artist

      WKYC Golden Opportunities -TV    April 2018

      WKYC Golden Opportunities with collage artist


      Art at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport    September  2017 - January 2018


      Cleveland Public Library Vimeo Video     August 2017 - Online Video and on Digital Displays



      Fox 8, New Day Cleveland, morning show segment
      April 2017 - TV

       Bath Country Journal
      March 2017 - Publication

      The Devil Strip
      February 2017 - Publication

      Interviewed by motivational speaker, DeLores Pressley,
      April 2016 - Online

      DeLores Pressley interviews artist Deborah Shapiro

      Outlaw Critters
      November 2015 - Online

      The Akronist
      April 2015 - Online

      Akron artist interview on The Akronist