The fantastic works of Debbie Hughbanks will be on display in our grand staircase for our upcoming First Friday artist reception OCTOBER 7TH “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.” Stop by and see this piece in addition to a few other pieces from her western style artwork collection.
Take a few minutes to get to know the woman behind these pieces:
Describe your work in 100 words.
I am a professional artist specializing in wildlife, equine & domestic animal paintings, as well as figurative and western themed pieces. Painting most often in pastel or acrylic I also like to explore other avenues including scratchboard and mixed media work. I am passionate about the creation of art and find inspiration all around me in my studio located in northeastern Washington State. I am fascinated by animals, nature and interesting people so there is never a shortage of subject matter to spark my creative flame.
What’s your creative/artistic background?
I regularly participate in national and international juried shows and have been fortunate to receive awards along the way for my pastel and acrylic work. I am honored to have been featured in several art publications, including “Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow” and “The Contemporary Art of Nature MAMMALS.” I am a Signature and Emeritus Member of Women Artists of the West (WAOW), a Signature Member of both Artists for Conservation (AFC) and the Northwest Pastel Society (NPS), as well as an active associate member of International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) and American Women Artists (AWA).
How has your work changed over time?
When I first started out as a full time artist I often felt I had to see one painting through start to finish before moving on to the next piece. I don’t feel that way any longer. I now really enjoy having different pieces in different stages of completion around me . . . and enjoy the freedom to move back and forth between them.
One thing that has not changed, however, is my passion for the subjects I choose to paint. That has only gotten stronger!
Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?
I only have to look outside my studio and into the natural beauty of my surroundings to find my inspiration, because my inspirations come from the animals, people and nature that I love. I find I am passionate about these things and I want to be able to share them with others through my work.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
My husband and I used to own a travel agency. I ran it while he still had another job. In the late 1990’s we had taken a trip to the Southwest and gone through some galleries there when my husband asked why I didn’t paint very much anymore. I answered that I really didn’t have the time since I was running the agency. We decided right then that if the opportunity ever presented itself we should sell the travel agency so that I could devote myself to painting full time. Someone came into my office about two weeks later and wanted to buy it! We decided it was a definite sign. I have been a very happy, full time artist ever since.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
My hope is that the joy I feel in the creation of each piece will come through to those who view my art and that something in a particular painting will speak to each viewer on a very personal level. When that happens and the viewer or purchaser of one of my pieces shares that response with me it is extremely special to me. Who could ask for more as an artist?