Local artist Debra Russell began a lifelong passion for the arts with her first U of U art class at the age of eight. It wasn’t until later in life that she would again return to the University to study for a Fine Arts degree.
She discovered her talent for painting when she had the opportunity to paint “en plein air” with the late LeConte Stewart. With Mr. Stewart’s encouragement, she began instruction with Helen Wiscombe in the late 80's. Motherhood happily interrupted her work for several years, but she was able to return to oil painting 12 years ago.
Her work has been exhibited across the U.S., and she has received awards and accolades from her peers. While her favorite subject is the Utah landscape, she also enjoys interpreting still lifes, figures, and cityscapes onto her canvas. Her works of art range from miniatures to larger paintings. She especially enjoys painting smaller paintings outside to be used as studies for larger works painted in the studio.
Debra currently resides in Holladay, Utah with her husband and daughter and serves as Chairperson of the Holladay Arts Council. She also maintains a working studio and gallery in Millcreek. You can view more of Debra’s work on her website at www.debrarussellfineart.com.
Shows with Awards
2008 Utah State Fair. Honorable Mention in Professional Division.
2007 Intermountain Society of Artists Juried Miniature show at Magpie’s Nest gallery. First place
2006 Intermountain Society of Artists Juried Miniature show at Magpie’s Nest gallery. First Place
2008 Zions Bank Invitational Show
2007 Loge Gallery, Pioneer Memorial Theatre 3 Women show.
2007 Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Juried Competition
2006 Intermountain Society of Artists Miniature
2005 Bountiful Davis Art Center Teacher/Student Invitational with Anne Marie Oborn
7490 South Holden Street
Midvale, Utah 84047
4685 South Holladay Blvd.
Holladay, Utah 84117
3474 South 2090 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84106
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