Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive, Design Business Association:
Creativity happens for me when talking, questioning, listening and being inspired by other people. I find it hard to put my finger on the source of an idea because it's shaped over time by the diversity of talent I come across. I have a marinating brain - stuff goes in raw so to speak and after some time, comes out marinated to perfection. I'm increasingly struck by how important my working environment is to this whole process. Sometimes I need to get away and other times I want people around me. I love working on trains and in airports. My work space has to be an environment where things can flourish and develop. The people I work with are hugely able and never tread on my dreams. I respect them so much for this. So it was important for me to have this picture taken in the office with my co-conspirators. I love what I do and I love who I do it for and I love who I do it with. An hour feels like five minutes!
Dr Cecilia d'Felice's psychological interpretation:
Everything about this portrait tells us how warm and inclusive the subject, Deborah Dawton must be. From her angelic friendly smile, her beautiful large eyes glowing with enthusiasm, her body opens to us, yet also turned intuitively towards her colleagues, one imagines that being a part of something is very important to her.
The fabulous lime of the parasol creates a party atmosphere; lots of fun must be had here. It feels like a good place to be, energetic, lively and full of productive activity. The desk skirting Deborah is cluttered with papers, chocolates, the normal detritus of office paraphernalia and toilet paper, a less usual desk top ally, but intimating that this is a pragmatic and busy woman who hasn’t got time to stop for tissues. Deborah is unconcerned. She is happy. A sense of flamboyance conveyed by her velvet lapels, flower brooches and swinging earrings suggesting a feminine playfulness. Play is important and having others to play with, providing ideas and inspiration is also important. Deborah is joined in her portrait with five or six others, suggesting a democratic approach, a lack of ego and an understanding that life and its inherent creative response is a shared experience and all the more joyful for that.