The Mask


We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
We Wear The Mask

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Artist Bio

Deb Parks



Maryland based fine art photographer, Deb Parks has been honing her photographer skills since 2011. Creating art has been a part of her life ever since she was a child in North Carolina. There she first discovered her love of fantasy and surrealism, initially using paint and canvas as her medium. From 2003 until 2006, she owned Deb’s Designs, where she created beautiful hand painted murals in people’s homes and offices. There, she also found her love to teach. In her studio she would teach painting and drawing classes for young and old alike. 

In 2011, she began taking photographs of her artwork and discovered the art form of photography. She quickly learned that she could create powerful, surreal, and beautiful pieces of art using the camera as her medium. In 2013 she graduated from The New York Institute of Photography, and since then she has taken multiple classes to enhance her skills in composite, lighting, as well as posing and expression. 

Receiving inspiration from the world around her as well as her vivid imagination, Deb creates surreal images with a touch of reality. Her photographs tell stories about life, happiness, sadness, loss, as well as battles we have within ourselves. Her hope is to draw the viewers into her images, therefore evoking some type of emotion. 

Deb has received several Bronze awards for some of her portraiture and had one of her client’s portraits published in a magazine about women in business. She continues to run her portraiture business, Deb’s Art Designs, as well as create her Fine Art Images.

Fine Art as Communication


I am surrounded both by natural beauty and interesting people. I use my camera to document the world and then print images with a focus on the magic I find in daily life. My pictures tell my stories. 

Sharing Stories


Sharing my work and my stories is my greatest joy.

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