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Debbi Smith Rourke

Austin, TX

"Landscape, whether impressions or abstractions, bring me great joy. I hope to share that with you."
I am a contemporary artist working in oil and pastel. Influenced by the natural world, I paint simplified landscapes, breaking down elements into their basic shapes and forms. This has led to an exploration of full abstraction. Artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and Pierre Bonnard continue to inspire me. Whether painting large or small, abstract or representational, I'm guided by design, balance, movement, texture, rhythm, contrast, energy, harmony, and color.

Reared in Austin, I attended the University of Texas where I earned a bachelor's degree in Advertising. After ten years in Chicago and Dallas working as a copywriter/Creative Director in ad agencies, I returned to Austin to explore my full range of creative interests: writing and painting. The last ten years I have been painting regularly, taking workshops from accomplished artists, and exhibiting in local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

My art education began with design courses at UT and continued with 25+ years of experience in the visual arts. I've taken coursework at The Contemporary Austin's Art School at Laguna Gloria with Laurel Daniel, Eve Larson, David Everett and Dianne Grammer. I've taken workshops with recognized artists such as Gordon Fowler, Carol Marine, Laurel Daniel, Vicki McMurry and Sandy Ostrau and continue this practice to expand my knowledge. I have been a contributing art editor to Life as a Human digital magazine.
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