After an exploration of geometric morphological forms—the square, the rectangle, the circle, arrays of stripes, lines, and dots—time comes to bring the elements together.  Abstract forms and representations of the Circle & Line series have led to easily recognizable landscapes. Thus, the artist returns to the structural forms of her youth but with the eyes and techniques of maturity.  Solids, intense colors, and geometry, the Bibel hallmark, persists.  This page is the result of several works of early development and exploration of entirely imaginary structures.

The source cities are recognizable but the paintings do not depict them as they are. Architecture is reduced to core lines and buildings are seen mystically, the intensity and contrast of hues akin to that perceived with prolonged meditation and other means of altered consciousness. Aside from this psychological aspect, the art may be seen more fundamentally as orderly patterns of variously colored areas. Our consciousness and learning suggest familiar objects. Finally, this is in essence Fauvist architecture, with a touch of André Derain.

Whether or not this morphological branch will extend into further evolved patterns or will become a truncated tributary remains to be seen, but the branching stream has become a river.

Debra Jan Bibel

An Exploration, An Evolution


City Synthesis —                      

Interiors & Exteriors



These images are part of an ongoing series begun in autumn 2008. This page is of mature, recent paintings since 2009 that focus more narrowly on buildings, streets, and interiors but in most instances viewed as an alternate reality.

See: City Synthesis —
        Skyline Series

See: City Synthesis —
        Metaphysics/Philosophy Series

See: City Synthesis —
Resonance Series

See: City Synthesis —
        Developmental Stage

NOTE: All reduced and overly processed images fail utterly in even hinting at the quality of the actual paintings, their hues, and their effect on the viewer.


Memories of Brazil  (2018) *
24 × 30 in.

Triptych: I've been working on the railroad 

 Specifications: wall mounting; 3-inch space between canvases; 15° inward angle of left and right units.



Desert Traverse
18 × 36 in.

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Go Forth 
18 × 36 in.

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Tunnel  (2017)
24 × 30 in.

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Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

                          Emily Dickinson

For over 40 years this has been the view from Bibel's living room but in different hues and with no geometric emphasis. One day, she saw the scene slant. Indeed, she was drawn to the angles and chevrons everywhere within the window frame The title refers to the Northern California fire disaster in October 2017.


Days of Fire and Smoke (2017) *
24 × 36 in.

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Floor 124: Industrial Design 
48 × 24 in.

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Path of Serenity
36 × 24 in.

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Also in Metaphysics/Philosophy series


Sunrise at Gadsisar Sagar
(2016), 36 × 24 in.

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Time Signature
(2015), 36 × 24 in.

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Boston Moods: III. Sailor's Delight  (2014), 24 × 36 in.

Boston Moods: II. The Morning after Tomorrow (2014), 24 × 36 in.

Singapore Swing (2013), 36 × 24 in.


Contrast (2012), 24 × 36 in.

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Enigma / Jackson Square (2012), 30 × 24 in.

Landmark (2012), 40 × 30 in.

Begin Here (2011), 24 × 36 in.
Turkish Delight:
Dancing Domes (2011), 24 × 36 in.

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Prelude (2011), 24 × 30 in.  

(2011), 40 × 30 in.


(2011), 40 × 30 in.

Also in Circle & Lines series.


Observatory (2010), 24 × 36 in. After the Concert (2010), 24 × 36 in.*

Anticipation  (2011), 24 × 30 in.

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Ensō (2011), 30 × 30 in.

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See: City Synthesis — Skyline Series

See: City Synthesis — Metaphysics/Philosophy Series

See: City Synthesis — Resonance Series

See: City Synthesis — Developmental Stage

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