Debbie was raised in Oklahoma graduating from Cameron University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science. As a young child, she always loved animals, drawing them, taking in strays and caring for injured animals, thus combining her love of animals and creative expression. She began using graphite or pen and ink at a young age but started her oil painting endeavor in 2007. Debbie has developed an artistic style of contemporary realism using soft to bold colors to capture an expression or behavior of the animals she paints.
I identify with Anatole France – “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
Debbie loves to travel to observe animals’ behaviors and expressions. As she discovers the action and response in the natural world, it creates an image to be captured and expressed through art. She has created art pieces for animal conservation events such as the Endangered Species Day and the World Giraffe Day. Creative expression and a passion for animals produce a lifetime of happiness for this wildlife artist.
Galleries currently carrying Debbie’s art include 50 Penn Place Art Gallery, OKC, OK and Red Dirt Art Gallery & Studio, Wellston, OK. She has won several art awards: Cowboy Artist of America, Joe Beeler Foundation Scholarship; Irving Art Association 2017 National Animal Art Exhibition, honorable mention; Oklahoma Art Guild Show, 1st place O’Keefe Entries and honorable mention; Oklahoma Pastel Society Show, People’s Choice Award. Professional Organizations include Oil Painters of America, Irving Art Association, American Women Artist, Edmond Art Association, Paseo Art Association and Oklahoma Artists Invitational.