By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Deborah Wachter's work touches various overlapping themes and strategies. Reoccurring subject matter can be recognized, such as the relation with popular culture and media.

Deborah Wachter's work is often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways. Many of Deborah Wachter's paintings are characterized by using everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

"I paint images that I find interesting and that may challenge me artistically. Taking artistic license with most of my paintings becomes a jumping off point for a different understanding of my subject. I don't want to give the viewer all the answers, just some of the questions."