Born in Dundee, Deborah Phillips is the daughter of well-known Scottish artist Douglas Phillips. She first exhibited work at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art at the age of 14. Deborah graduated in 1987 with BA (Hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. She has worked as a designer for both the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland and is a former Exhibition Convenor with Dundee Art Society.
Deborah is now a full-time painter in acrylics from her Dundee studio overlooking the firth of Tay.