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About the Artist Debbie Hessels

I am a painter and a teacher at heart. I love to paint all the perfect imperfections of nature and people!  I remember in elementary school winning every poster contest, then seeking out any art contest outside of school and began to get commissioned work before the age of 12!

I never questioned if I would pursue the arts, I lived in my high school art room, I took adult art classes after school when I was 16 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at a local Art College. (I studied under the well known Artist, Rudolph F. Zallinger who is most notable works include his mural The Age of Reptiles (1947) at Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History and I studied under the well known Artist, Tim O,Brien, President of the Society of Illustrators, NYC and has illustrated hundreds of book and magazine covers which include Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, National Geographic and others.)

 From there I dove into photography and made a nice career for 17 years.

About 10 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom and decided to offer a few friends a week of art camp for their kids. The word spread like crazy and on the fifth year, I had 18 kids! That lead me to four years as a Director of an Art Education facility in Raleigh, NC  that offered year-round art camps, art lessons and  events/birthday parties.

 Now, I paint in my home studio and teach blooming artists of all ages, one on one and in small groups, offer paint parties on location, full week art camps in the summer on location, attend local Vendor Shows, take commissions of portraits, pets, homes and abstract as well as sell original and prints of my work online.  

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