BFA Cooper Union
In 1974, I discovered Touch Drawing in a moment of playful exploration. When touching a paper towel that had been placed on a freshly inked printing plate, I found that the pressure formed marks on the underside. Lines coming directly from my fingertips! I laughed hysterically with this discovery. In a state of ecstatic revelation, childlike spontaneous images began to pour through my hands.
Although this experience had the appearance of simply being play, under the surface was something profound and powerful. I knew this process was not for myself alone. It was as if I was receiving a gift from outside of time, from an invisible knowing presence.
Over the years, my drawings evolved from personal expression to transpersonal imagery. Now, in deep focus and trust, I listen within and translate subtle impulses onto the page through the touch of my fingertips. Touch Drawing serves as a vehicle for direct and spontaneous expression of the subtle realms.
Deborah Koff-Chapin originated the simple yet profound process of Touch Drawing ™ in 1974. She is creator and publisher of SoulCards 1 and 2. The original deck has sold over 45,000 copies worldwide. Deborah is author of Drawing Out Your Soul, The Touch Drawing Handbook. She has taught internationally and is founding director of The Center for Touch Drawing.
Endorsements of Deborah Koff-Chapin's Artwork
“Deborah Koff-Chapin …is one of the world’s leaders in Transformative Arts.”
Dean, Graduate School Arts and Consciousness
John F Kennedy University
"Deborah's work is a dance of her whole being on paper: subtle, mythic, poetic, archetypal. She is an artist of High Being."
Dr. Jean Houston
Author, Search for the Beloved, Jump Time
“The images are magnificent shimmers that evoke deep wonder. Though each painting was done intuitively, it radiates rootedness in reality. What a wonderful relief from New Age artists who cannot paint the mystical without leaving the earth behind."
Creation Spirituality Magazine
"The artistry of Koff-Chapin moves the viewer's imagination into personal depths: each picture, a holograph of sung and unsung memories. I feel pulled to look at the pictures again and again. The world needs more of (her) touch."
Helen Lindquist Bonny, Ph.D.
Co-author, Music and Your Mind,
"The drawings have captured a deep and mysterious element of both pain and uplift..."
Author, Wherever You Go, There You Are
"The pictures are stunning."
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Institute
"Deborah Koff-Chapin's artwork is extraordinary, unique, and a particularly special manifestation of that deep pool of talent that dwells within each of us."
Author, Use Both Sides of Your Brain
"The subtlety and delicacy of her work is truly astounding."
Author, Boundaries of the Soul and Androgyny
"The work of Deborah Koff-Chapin releases us into the deepest meanings of life. The soul sees itself reflected in her mirrors, and is revealed to itself. It is art in the service of transformation."
Founder, Tree of Life Ceremonials
"Deborah has displayed in symbol a remarkable ability to bring through the same message from Creator, passed down to us through White Buffalo Woman and all our masterful teachers: the reminder that we are in fact one with all in the Great Circle of Life."
Brooke Medicine Eagle
Native Earth Keeper, singer and ceremonial leader