A Piece of History by Deborah Hussung

Deborah Hussung

I currently work for the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC) as an IT Cybersecurity Assessor, for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA).  I have served in the United States Air Force as a Secure Communications Systems Maintenance Specialist.  Although my career has been focused on Information Technology and Cybersecurity, my passion has always been in art.  I attended Kutztown University as a Communication Design Major (Illustration, Advertising, Graphic Design).  I have a wonderful husband and two great kids and live in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.  I spend my free time drawing, painting, and creating.

“A Piece of History – Wayne County” is a 10″ x 20″ acrylic painting on canvas that was painted in 2024.  It was inspired by the interesting history of the Wayne County area.  The Hawley Silk Mill (also known as the Bellemonte Silk Mill) is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the area.  Built in 1880, it is thought to be the largest blue stone building in the world.  It employed young women ages 8 – 17 and was built in the shape of a Greek cross.  People affectionately refer to this building as “The Castle” due to the stone work parapets and masonry facade.  The mill was driven by a 61 foot water wheel.  The waterfalls adjacent to the building inspired the ribbon of color that runs through the painting.  This painting also includes the the gazebo that is located in Bingham Park.  The gazebo is one of the most recognizable structures in Hawley.  Wayne County is also home to the Stourbridge Lion.  In August of 1829, the Stourbridge Lion was one of three locomotives built in Stourbridge England, for the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.  This helped launch the birth of the American railroad.  It was my hope to highlight the rich history of Wayne County in this painting. 

“A Piece of History”

acrylic painting