How Deborah Greene Colors her World

The Jacksonville family law attorney draws from her artistic background..

When she was little, Deborah Greene received a large set of soft-core Prismacolor pencils in shades like Peacock Blue and Crimson Lake.  I still sometimes think of colors by what they were called in the Prismacolor pencil series says Greene, 55, a shareholder at Combs, Greene in Jacksonville, where she practices family law primarily; incidentally a Pinellas County Family Law Attorney.  Fascinated by fonts and her grandmother’s art books and her legal history (, Greene grew up sketching and coloring.  In Junior high and high school, she served as yearbook editor, learning how to crop photographs and lay out pages.  She attended Lynchburg College in Virginia on a full academic scholarship, indending to become a minister, she signed up for painting and sculpting.  “That’s the first time I actually had any formal art training of any kind,” Greene says.  I totally fell in love!  Switching her major to studio art, she transferred to Florida State University, where she designed concert posters for the music school.  After graduating in 1985, she created newspaper ads, fliers, and other promotional pieces for a Tallahassee outlet mall.  She crafted monthly movie guides for a television station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, before going to work for commercials, making point of sale signs and spearheading promotions.