Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
                       -Mary Lou Cook

" I always knew I wanted to be an artist..."

     I was always crazy about the smell of new crayons. The scent would immediately entice me to start planning on a fresh sheet of white paper. Through grade school my favorite subject was art and I relished the  days I would get to enjoy that big studio with all the supplies. High school only deepened that desire with the nurturing eye of a patient and giving art teacher. I had found what I was born to do. I explored all kinds of art techniques and mediums in college while working for my Bachelor of Science in Studio Art. I was pretty sure that Pastel was my forte.

     Fast forward several years. With a new baby I found pastels too messy to try to get into when stealing a few moments to paint. I needed a medium that wasn't messy and allowed me the freedom to come and go. I stumbled upon the colored pencil work of Ann Kullberg and was amazed to see the painterly results. I fell in love with those pencils and knew I found the perfect fit with this medium as an artist.

     I am fascinated by fleeting moments...the glint in an eye, the way a breeze moves a wisp of hair, the reflection of the sun on a child's hair. My mind seems to freeze frame those precious seconds as if looking through the lens of a camera and getting "the shot".

Its those stolen seconds that speak to me. Frozen moments that I try to capture with a colored pencil and a blank piece of paper.

Debbie lives in Upstate N.Y. with her best friend and husband Nelson Jr, their 3 incredible children, several crazy dogs and a host of other critters.

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