Debi Carson goes AWOL

Among the innovative, trailblazing entrepreneurs that make up the British Virgin Islands (BVI) arm of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship-Caribbean, is celebrated artist and senior interior designer Debi Carson.

Debi runs Debi Carson Inc., her personal business, as well three successful family businesses – CharterPort BVI, Southern Trades Yacht Sales, and Cane Garden Bay Surfboard Co. She is revered in the BVI for her awe-inspiring work in art and interiors and has led multiple hospitality, residential, commercial and home merchandising design projects throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. As an artist, Debi describes her abstract artistry as whimsical, appealing to children and the youthfulness of adults. She also frequently participates in art shows throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Her love of art spills over to jewelry and craft-making as well. She makes bright, colorful, chunky, funky jewelry that reflects the cheer of the Caribbean culture. Her Caribbean Critters illustration series is placed on everything from t-shirts to pottery and includes comical creatures meant to inspire confidence in children. She also utilises surfboards as a medium for her art, creating abstract designs for the boards in collaboration with a local recognised surfboard designer.

Debi is also the founder of Art WithOut Limits (AWOL), a BVI-based initiative that utilises art to unite people across barriers of age, gender, race, or social or economic background. Through AWOL, Debi currently works with the Children’s Home Rainbow House, The Learning Centre and the Bregado Flax school, and has implemented other youth-focused community projects in collaboration with other organisations.

After the devastating hurricanes that hit BVI in 2017, AWOL played a significant role in the restoration of the Bregado Flax school. Debi partnered with several organisations, including the Branson Centre BVI, and led the revamping of the school’s exterior through a tapestry of colour. She jumped on board to provide art therapy to its students.

An active philanthropist and community builder, Debi is also a key team member of LoveBVI. Through the sale of art, LoveBVI raises funds to help rebuild BVI after the hurricanes. The organisation establishes projects that provide art therapy to children and young people with special needs, who are often derailed the most in the face of natural disasters.

Whether through her charitable or business efforts, Debi’s work is driven by her vision to inspire imagination and creativity for all, including seasoned and young artisans, while building knowledge, skills and self-confidence.

Debi holds a Bachelor of Science in interior design from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, and a NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Certification.

Her past and current successes, alongside immense potential for massive scalability in the global marketplace, make Debi an ideal fit for the Branson Centre’s new push to help established Caribbean entrepreneurs rise beyond the region, and root themselves far and wide internationally.

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