It is such a blessing and a privilege to be an artist. My greatest satisfaction comes from successfully connecting with the viewer on a emotional level through my work...when they feel the emotions I felt as I painted a particular subject, why I chose the subject in the first place. There is so much beauty all around us, even in simple things. My hope is that the viewer may be able to stop and see the subjects I paint in a new light, in a way they never noticed before.
Thank you for taking time to visit my website...welcome!
Above is one of my latest paintings, "Just Chillin' in the Shade". Visit the "My New Works" section under the "Paintings" tab to read more about this piece. It will be included in the "Earth and Sky: Women of the Prairie" exhibition at The Gallery at Artworks in Wichita, Kansas, which opens May 31st. Below is another new painting, entitled "At the Cliff's Edge" (9x12 oil on linen panel). It was painted on location at Garrapata State Park in California and is one of the paintings included in "Powered by Nature: Seven Women", an exhibition featuring the work of seven women artists: Becky Joy, Kim Casebeer, Cindy Baron, Christine Debrosky, Shanna Kunz, Lori McNee and myself. The show will run through May 19th at Mountainsong Gallery in Carmel, California.
Also now showing at Southwind Gallery in Topeka, Kansas: The Missouri Valley Impressionist Society's 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition featuring one of my paintings. Twelve more of my paintings are on display in the gallery's upstairs loft too! My work will also be featured in exhibitions in Wichita Kansas in June, Door County Wisconsin in July, Denver Colorado in August, Charleston SC in October and Seattle Washington in November. Please go to the "Exhibition and Events" tab for details and all the latest information.
It's a great honor to be the new president of the American Impressionist Society! Our 2013 National Juried Exhibition will be held at M Gallery in Charleston SC in October. Please visit www.americanimpressionistsociety.org for more information. I'm also pleased to be the show chair for Plein Air Artists Colorado's National Juried Exhibition which will be held at Abend Gallery in Denver, Colorado in August.
To watch an exclusive video about my work, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCdd1H0eWcs&feature=g-upl . You can also follow me on Facebook at Debra Groesser Fine Art, and on Twitter and Pinterest (Debra Joy Groesser). Again, thanks so much for your support and for visiting!
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Debra Joy Groesser
"Capturing the Spirit"
Nebraska artist Debra Joy Groesser received her BFA degree in art in 1978. She has studied with such renowned artists as Kevin Macpherson, Scott Christensen, Kim English, John Cosby and Kenn Backhaus. Debra is passionate about plein air painting in oils. Her landscape paintings have garnered national recognition and awards. Being outdoors in God's creation, whether in her perennial garden, in the mountains or by the sea, provides her endless inspiration for her work. Debra's ability to capture mood, emotion, atmosphere and a sense of place in her work attracts collectors, both private and corporate, worldwide. Debra also paints portraits and figurative works. In 2011, she was commissioned by Omaha Performing Arts to create a large portrait of Richard and Mary Holland, which hangs at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Debra is a signature member and 2013 President of the American Impressionist Society, a signature member of American Plains Artists, a signature member and board member of Plein Air Artists Colorado and an associate member of Oil Painters of America. Her work has been featured in several national art publications including the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Art of the West magazine. She was named a finalist in Southwest Art Magazine's Artistic Excellence competition and is featured in the December 2012 issue of Southwest Art.
Debra is represented by SouthWind Art Gallery, Topeka KS, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel CA, Abend Gallery, Denver CO, and Art in Miniature, Tubac AZ.
Recent and upcoming juried and invitational exhibitions:
-"Far and Near Horizons: World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists" New York City, March 2013
-"Powered by Nature: Seven Women" Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel California, April 2013
-"Earth and Sky: Women of the Prairie", The Gallery at Artworks, Wichita KS, May/June 2013
-"The Lure of the West" solo exhibition with historical works by Abby Williams Hill, Vashon WA, Nov. 2013
-American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, November 2012 (also 2005, 2007-2011)
-American Plains Artists National Juried Exhibitions, August-Sept 2012 (also 2009-2011) Artists Retreat Award 2012
-Masters of the Midwest Invitational Exhibition, August-Sept 2012, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka KS
-Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, Evergreen CO June 2012
-Salon International 2012 Juried Exhibition, San Antonio TX (also 2008, 2009, 2011) Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence Award in 2011 AND 2009
-Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Exhibitions, 2008-2012 Honorable Mention Award in 2010, First Place Award for Signature Members in 2009
-Door County (Wisconsin) Invitational Plein Air Festival and Exhibition, July 2012 (also 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
-Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Laguna Beach CA, October 2010
-Solo Exhibition, Mountainsong Galleries, Ocean Ave, Carmel CA, May/June 2010
-Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, California, May 2010 (also 2009, 2008) Honorable Mention Award in 2009
-Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Biennial Art Auction, Montgomery AL, February 2012 (also 2010, 2008, 2006)
-Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition, 2009 (also 2005 and 2007)
-"Far and Near Horizons: World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists" June 2008 to June 2010
-"Inspirations from Rimrock Ranch" National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson WY, 2007
"My greatest satisfaction in being an artist comes from successfully connecting with people on an emotional level through my artwork. My challenge is to create a sense of place and to render my subjects in such a way that the viewer will feel their spirit, the emotions I felt as I painted, and understand what attracted me to the subject. "
-Debra Joy Groesser
Upcoming Events and Exhibits
Missouri Valley Impressionist Society 2nd Annual Juried Exhibition SouthWind Gallery 5/1/2013-6/25/2013 Reception: 5/3/2013 (5:30 to 8:30 pm)
I'm very pleased to have a painting included in this 2nd annual MVIS exhibition. If you're in the Topeka, Kansas, area on May 3rd, please join us for the opening reception. Meet the artists, enjoy delicious refreshments and great art!
"Earth and Sky: Women of the Prairie" The Gallery at Artworks 5/31/2013-6/24/2013 Reception: 5/31/2013 (5 to 8pm)
I'm honored to have three paintings included in this outstanding exhibition, which features sixteen women artists from the Midwest, each with different visions of the prairie. Join us for the opening reception on May 31st from 5 to 8pm at the Gallery at Artworks in Wichita, Kansas! Gallery hours are 10am to 6pm, M-F, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.
Door County Plein Air Festival Peninsula School of Art 7/22/2013-7/27/2013 Reception: (see website for schedule)
I'm thrilled to be invited back to the Door County Plein Air Festival for the sixth consecutive year! Forty of the top plein air painters in the country have been invited to participate again this year. Please check the website, www.doorcountypleinair.com, for a complete list of events and information...hope to see you there!
PAAC 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition Abend Gallery 8/10/2013-8/30/2013 Reception: 8/10/2013 (5 to 8 pm)
This is Plein Air Artists Colorado's 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition featuring plein air paintings by PAAC members from across the country. There will also be a paintout for members the morning of August 10th...details to be announced soon...with a "wet wall" display of these pieces for sale by silent auction during the reception for the main juried exhibit. Check the gallery website, abendgallery.com or PAAC's website, pleinairartistscolorado.com for more details as they become available. An online catalog of accepted work will also be available.
American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition M Gallery of Fine Art 9/28/2013-11/2/2013 Reception: 10/3/2013 (5:30 to 8 pm)
For complete information about the exhibition, please visit www.americanimpressionistsociety.org. There will be two receptions for the show: Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30 to 8pm (presentation of awards during this reception) and Friday, October 4th, 5:30 to 8pm (Art Walk and Demo by AIS Master Signature Member and Judge of Awards, Kenn Backhaus).
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