"Mondays" by Deb Owens
Born and raised in New Mexico, Deb Owens moved to Washington State's Columbia River Gorge area in 1979. Deb states, "It's quite different from the southwest region but just as beautiful." Deb, who is a self-taught artist, first started drawing at the age of seven. She started oils in 1967 and later discovered pastels. Deb describes pastels as "wonderful, spontaneous, direct, and forgiving." Deb started painting various subjects of southwest culture, people, nature, domestic animals, wildlife, and landscapes because each personality is different and each painting is a new challenge. She works mainly from photos, stating, "It's especially exciting to go out there with a camera and try to capture the animal unaware."
Most of Deb's works are commissioned. Her paintings have been exhibited in several competition shows and have won numerous awards from the Society of Washington Artists and solo shows. Deb has also participated in Artists of the Gorge exhibitions in Stevenson, WA, for the last three years and received two honorable mentions. The following art galleries represented Deb: Red Fish Gallery; Scott Mil's Gallery; and Gorgeous Dreams Art Gallery. Her care and attention to detail is evident in her many paintings.
Deb Owens's art work is featured in the book Artists of the West, which was released in 2008. As featured artist for the 2010 Toppenish Western Art Show with her graphite drawing entitled "Mondays", she will have copies of the book available.