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Deb E. Howell

Deb E. Howell’s birth clashed with a Bledisloe Cup match, so establishing her relationship with rugby in rugby-mad Aotearoa New Zealand right from the start.

She was educated at all-girl Queens High School and spent her time drawing horses, learning Amiga BASIC, playing Zany Golf and Pinball Fantasies/Dreams, writing stories, and appreciating music.

She thought she might grow up to breed, ride and paint horses.

Then she was told she did “chocolate box” art… which sounded like a bad thing.

She was educated at all-girl Queens High School and spent her time drawing horses, learning Amiga BASIC, playing Zany Golf and Pinball Fantasies/Dreams, writing stories, and appreciating music.

She thought she might grow up to breed, ride and paint horses.

Then she was told she did “chocolate box” art… which sounded like a bad thing.

Photo of Deb E Howell

So she turned to Science, going on to study Zoology at the University of Otago and — not one to be swayed by potential unpopularity — went on to begin a Masters project studying a nematophagus fungus. That’s a fungus that eats nematodes… those little tiny worms that infect sheep, cattle, horses, etc… A good thing.

With funds tight, Deb took on more work while she studied, eventually having to cut the study to part time, and then almost no time when she succumbed to Glandular Fever (Mono).

Downgrading her Masters to a Post-graduate Diploma in Science, she finally stepped into the real world…

While looking for paying work, Deb trained to volunteer for Victim Support. She gained employment with some optometrists just as she finished the training and so spent weekends attending the aftermath of four suicides, several car accidents and various other tragedies in the space of a year.

Finding the VS work jading, she did the year she promised to do (in return for the training) before exiting gracefully.

With the optometrists, she learned to weld spectacles, test for glaucoma, support distraught patients/clients and to forgive others their trespasses.

self taken photo of deb e howell with sun's halo behind

More money lured her into the world of software development (as admin support) where she met many amazing people and one bully.

Departure from that job led her into the world of temping, where people appreciated a quick learner and time became flexible. On one such assignment, she found herself a little short of work or other form of entertainment, and so picked up a pen and notebook again…

A few interviews from over the years:

Some “Chocolate Box” art by teen Deb E:

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tiger in pen and ink stippling style
canary in pencil on paper drawn from life

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