Debra’s art career began at age two when she painted on the belly of her cooperative dog with her mother’s red lipstick followed by a crayon wall mural unsuccessfully hidden behind a chest of drawers. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design, she moved to New York City where she studied portrait and figure painting in oils for six years at the Art Student’s League of New York with Hilary H. Holmes. Debra served as his class monitor for nearly four years during that time. In addition, she studied en plein air with Curtis Hansen for three summers in Central Park. Both instructors had studied in the Boston atelier under R.H. Ives Gammell. Debra painted regularly en plein air in Prosect Park, Brooklyn until returning to Southern California in 1996.
Having taught secondary Art for 34 years in the local Rim School District, Dave’s personal journey in art really began with a visit to Santa Fe two decades ago discovering the versatility of pastel, and a technique to apply pastel over watercolor.
He loves the light of New Mexico, the hills of Tuscany, the coast of France, as well as the woods and meadows of Lake Arrowhead and New England. Working from personal photographs, the warm months in Lake Arrowhead and a shaded table on the deck, provides the perfect “outdoor studio”.