A 30 year resident of Erath County, Texas, Debbie Lincoln travels the country searching for subjects for her paintings. Many, however, are found in her own backyard of Morgan Mill, Texas.
Deborah Grayson Lincoln was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in Dallas, Texas. She studied art at Texas Tech University and Highland College in Illinois. As a First Place and Best of Show winner in the acclaimed B’Nai B'Rith Invitational art show in 1978, she was invited back the following year to be the featured artist, with one of her paintings used as a promotional poster for the event that year. Raising children in the 80’s diverted her temporarily from fine art, but she continued to use her talents as a graphic artist/desktop publisher, working from her home while her children were small. Now that her children are grown, she has discovered a rekindled desire to pursue her artistic interests and is trying a number of styles and mediums. Her favorite is oil, but watercolor and pencil are also ways of expressing her love of the beauty God has brought into her life, with favorite subjects being her family, friends and Texas landscapes, wildlife and horse related events.
Summer 2006 was a busy one. Contracted to participate in a Gallery Opening with 4 other artists, Debbie painted furiously the 8 months preceding the gala. Shipping 35 paintings to Geneva, New York, was no small feat, and the trip from Texas was even more of a challenge. The gallery opening of Earthworks was celebrated in grand style, and Debbie returned to Texas more committed than ever to pursue her heart. Much of her work is also offered at Patina Gallery of Marble Falls and Sugar Moon Gallery of Hico, Texas.
September 2006 saw the sale of the fast lube business she and husband Mike spent 11 years building and operating. Now she and Mike travel, gathering visual stimulation for her art, with their most recent trip in the summer of 2008 being a 7 week trek north to Glacier Park in Montana, with stops in Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.
In September, 2007, Debbie was invited to join a group known as “Daily Painters” and she began to paint a painting every day and post it to her blog.
Debbie regularly rides her 13 year old mare, PJ, and a 6 year old racehorse reject named “Easy”. The most recent horsey addition was PJ’s filly foal born April, 2008, and hopefully “Dandy” will be a horse the future grandchildren will enjoy.
Debbie says: In 2005, at the ripe old age of 53, I decided to take the plunge and re-commit myself to doing things that sustain my soul. God has blessed me with kids raised and independent, a wonderful supportive husband and family, good health and a church family that nurtures and sustains me.
I have always ridden horses and always painted and drawn, but never had the opportunity to enjoy both to the fullest. The Lord has blessed me by placing me in a part of Texas where we are surrounded by incredible horses and their owners/trainers. Many of my neighbors are real cowboys and horsemen/women. The photo opportunities are endless and the inspirations are bounded only by one’s imagination. It is a dream come true to be able to indulge two of my passions in such a fashion – painting the country and people around me and riding the horses that are bred here.
I am still “evolving” a style. When I was in desktop publishing and designing logos, I drew like an engineer – precise and exact – photographic-like reproductions were my mainstay. Now, as a cherished friend says, I want to “hang loose”! My “style” is not yet established. I am having too much fun trying new things…but I predict if you follow me for a while, you’ll enjoy the evolution!