My work is created with a devotion to traditional realism using glazes and wet into wet techniques. I look for subjects in nature and the environment - not for what they are or represent, but for their own particular properties of texture, transparency, reflection, and color. I find these properties especially prevalent in my studies of birds. My intense passion for birds entails more than just casual observation. It has grown from initially visiting zoos and photographing endangered species for reference photos to now researching and traveling along their migration routes to capture their behavior during spring and fall migration, as well as being actively involved in wildlife conservation. It is my sincere desire that, when looking at my work, the viewer experiences the wonderment of the birds in their natural habitat.
Debbie Stevens was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1955. Her family moved to Texas in 1968. She now resides in Cypress, Texas.
She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a B.F.A. (concentration in painting). She has studied landscape, still life, and figure with contemporary masters Dalhart Windberg, Robert A. Johnson, Scott Burdick and Jeff Legg. She has attended workshops in bird photography with nationally acclaimed wildlife photographers Jim Nieger and Arthur Morris.
Stevens was a featured artist in Southwest Art Magazine's "21 over 31" competition, is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and a member of the International Guild of Realism. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across the nation, including the prestigious Birds in Art Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wisconsin. Gallery representation includes Bismarck Studios (San Antonio, TX), Mill Fine Art (Canyon Road; Santa Fe, NM), Port A Gallery (Port Aransas, TX), and William Reaves Fine Art (Houston, TX).