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VIDEO: Artist's work featured on 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Debbie Viola, a Massapequa Park-based artist, works on

Debbie Viola, a Massapequa Park-based artist, works on a replica of one of her more popular pieces. Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Early last month, viewers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” were given a glimpse at the life of a deserving East Setauket family. They also got a peak at the colorful work of Debbie Viola, a local artist who often donates her work to Long Island charities and organizations.

Viola said she has been painting and finishing since 1998, when she convinced her husband to let her try to paint their remodeled bathroom. She said everyone, including their contractor, was so impressed by the quality of her work that she decided to give up her career as a legal secretary and start Custom Murals & Finishes by Debbie Viola.

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