Like many artists Debra started to her art career in graphics and illustration with the expectation of someday returning creating fine art. She attended Rocky Mountain School of Art (now RMCAD) in Denver Co., where her art education gave her the opportunity to explore many media, but soft pastel remains her favorite.
A Michigan native, the artist traveled the country for education and employment returning in 1989. Realizing that Michigan’s seasons, lakes, woods and dunes were truly remarkable inspiration for artists, she decided toonce again made this state her home. Exploring these natural elements and bringing them to life with her paintings is one of the artist’s creative drives.
Debra’s artwork has been included in multiple exhibitions and she has received awards in local, regional and national competitions. Her work is held in private and institutional collections in the US and abroad. She has held board positions on several local and regional art associations and currently serves on the board of the Great Lakes Pastel Society.
The artist also teaches workshops and classes in basic drawing, pastel painting and painting animals in soft pastel.