Deborah Shurtleff lives in Draper, Utah. She studied art at Utah State University. She enjoys art as a process where we are constantly learning and growing. Learning from our own experiences, other artists, and nature. Her goal is to create something interesting that can build excitement and encourage the viewer to want to come back and look again and again.
Deborah believes in painting what you know and love. She has always been drawn to the Western subject; from Native American Indians to Western Horsemen scenes and figurative work. The power and beauty of the horse has always intrigued and inspired her. She considers herself a colorist and is also drawn to the human form.
She began painting western art after many life experiences living near the mountains and spending time outdoors. Riding her horses through the foothills and mountain ranges of the Wasatch and the Uintah Mountains has also had a strong influence.
For the past 12 years she has been inspired by a group of fellow artists who call themselves the “South Willow Artist Group”. This group is lead by fellow artist Richard Horrocks with the goal of painting and learning together and seeing the world through an artistic eye. They can’t be thanked enough for the many hours of artistic discussion and personal therapy.
Deborah is currently painting, selling, and showing her art work. She continues to study and grow hoping to constantly improve and find fulfillment as an Artist.
Deborah Shurtleff is a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists.
In working as an Artist I am drawn to the characters, animals and scenery of the west and plan to keep painting them through out my career. I have been drawn to portraying this western lifestyle for many years. I also enjoy painting with strong bold colors and using dramatic lighting to draw attention to these magnificent characters. The stories behind my art work are important. Some are taken from history using black and white photos. Many are personal experiences from today. There is often a great subject just around the corner, if we just open our eyes to see.
The drama and joy of this life is an honor to depict and helps the artwork to visually speak to all the viewers that want to listen. I am thankful to have the opportunity to share the love of the west and art by showing my work. I enjoy the process of painting and learning, there is always more to learn. Creating and enjoying art has become a large part of my life today.
12619 S. Somerdowns Court
Draper, Utah 84020
Phone: 801-558-7123, Fax 801-571-3013
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