Fish on a Ferris Wheel

‘Fish on a Ferris Wheel’, Ten, 2×3 acrylic on paper, individually framed.

Now and then, I do something I find wildly entertaining. That was the case with ‘Fish on a Ferris Wheel’. It consisted of 10, 2×3 hand painted fish on a manually rotating wheel. Every tiny fish was a different color. It was a great conversation piece and spinning it was fun too!

Someone found it equally entertaining and bought it last weekend. She really loved it. It was one of those piece I hated to see go, but I’m happy it found a good home.

‘The Catch of the Day’, Three, 4×6 canvases, (tryptic) mounted on a 11×30 solid wood frame.

You never know what will sell in this business. To my amazement, I still have ‘The Catch of the Day’. So many complements on this one, but I think it needs a special home: maybe a restaurant or on the wall of someone who boats or fishes. If you are (or you know of) that person, do I have a special deal for you!

This was a rescue frame from the 1950’s or 1960’s found at an estate sale. It is a heavy piece of wood and it was a mess. It hung vertically, was painted black and not in the best of shape. It had three, little recessed framing areas that when purchased tht had the remains of some family photos pasted on them. They were peeling. For me, it became a tryptic: Three segmented works that create one.

I painted the frame to resemble water. Then I painted three, 4×6 canvases to complete my fish. It goes without saying that I love color and it was never going to be boring! Pick it up at the special price of $125, or add $40. for shipping anywhere in the continental US.

Don’t let this be the one that gets away! Complete the contact form above and I will send payment details or answer any questions you may have.

Welcome Own A Debbie!

Several months ago, I started a new website, My original idea was to have only original fine art and home decor items designed and painted by me. Own A Debbie would be available for reprints and fun things like handbags, clothing and the like, all inspired by my work.

The lazy part of me found it difficult to maintain both sites. The ambitious part of me knew it wasn’t working, so the obvious solution was to combine both sites. So, when you are looking for fine art giclee prints and unique items for you and hour home, all inspired by my work, this is where you go.

Check back often for current specials on the things you love. After all, everyone should Own A Debbie!

My latest and greatest

“Red Sky at Night”, 12×12 acrylic on canvas, framed
“Nothing But Blue Skies”, 12×12 acrylic on canvas, framed

I continue to try to find something to produce a consistent body of work to no avail. I thought it was going to be fish, but then I digressed. Sometimes digressions are very cool!

Having said that, here are my two newest works. I really love these. Each measures 12×12 and is framed to 15×15. Seriously…can you picture these on a hard to decorate place in your home or office?

Coming soon….we are combining our Own A Debbie website with this gallery. We are currently putting this site together and will let you know when it’s up and running here. When it is, you will be able to order reprints and home decor, directly from here!

Fish with a twist

Left to right, “Picasso Jellyfish”, “Just Swimming”, “Catch me if you can” 4×6 acrylic on canvas
“A Fish out of Water”, 8×10 acrylic on canvas

I’m constantly trying new methods to capture fish on paper and canvas, my idea of catch and release. I found a technique I’m have fun playing with and well…I went a little crazy painting them. These are markedly different from my usual, more abstract and brightly colored. The paint is slightly raised from the canvas, giving them a 3D look.

I tried this technique first on the 8×10. It exceeded my expectations, so I decided to fine tune the process and paint a second, larger one. Now it’s spawned a few little ones. “Picasso Jellyfish”, is the fish out of water here, but he is a cute little thing. I’m thrilled with the finished paintings.

Not your choice of fish? Check out two of my others below. They will make a grand edition to your home or office.

Remember, there’s only one original! Use the contact form above for any questions or to purchase.

“Catch of the Day”, 11×32 acrylic painted wood, with three, 4×6 acrylic painted canvas
“Fish on a Ferris Wheel”, Ten, 2×3 acrylic on paper, framed.

Go Fish!


Let me be the first to admit it: I’m hooked on fish!

I’m having a blast painting fish of late. Having said that, my latest expedition is now hanging on my studio wall.

“A Trio of Fish” are three, wooden fish, painted with acrylics and each measuring approximately 23×3. The fish were secured at an estate sale about 20 years ago. A man there made them and couldn’t decide what to do with them. I was not an artist at the time, but I bought them, brought them home and put them in a closet. When I rediscovered them, I thought they deserved a bright future. By the way, I get that the orange clashes with the fish, but it’s the color of the walls in my studio.

Picture them swimming across your wall!

I’ve gone off the deep end!

“Fish on a Ferris Wheel”, Ten, 2×3 acrylic on canvas, framed

I love recycling frames, so when I came across this at an estate sale, I bought it.

Introducing the one and only, “Fish on a Ferris Wheel”.

There are a total of ten, hand painted an signed fish all in different hues. Yes. It does spin around, though I would be a little more careful with it! “Fish on a Ferris Wheel” would be a delight on your desk! If you are interested or have questions, just drop me a line using the contact form above.

You really like it, don’t you?

Plain and Simple

“Potted Flowers” is just that: potted flowers. Sometimes I just want to paint something with a lot of character, but not a a lot of complication. While it is plain and simple, it does add a lot of character to a room. The original is a 12×12 acrylic on paper in a 20×20 frame. The original is on sale while you read this, for $125, plain and simple. No shipping. Must be picked up. Use the contact form above for questions or to purchase. “Potted Flowers” means you have flowers in your home year round. It doesn’t get any better!

‘Potted Flowers’, 12×12 acrylic on paper

The ‘Catch of the Day’

“Catch of the Day” 33×10 Acrylic on canvas, tryptic in acrylic painted wood frame

Sometimes I paint something I really like. This is one of those. I often mentioned that I get a lot of my frames at estate sales. This one hadn’t sold and they were tossing it. Debbie to the rescue!

I brought it home and probably looked at it for a month before deciding what I would do with it. It was likely from the 1950’s and it’s a heavy solid wood black frame. The edges are slightly scalloped and the indentations give it a 3D effect. I love doing tryptics, three separate paintings with a continuous flow. I thought that with a few modifications, it would be the perfect frame. First, it was meant to hang vertically. That didn’t work for me, so I removed the brass hanger and changed it to a horizontal plane. Then I bought three, 4×6 canvases. I thought it cried for a fish and viola! The project was finished.

Let it be your, ‘Catch of the Day’!

Debbie to the Rescue!

“City Lights”, 13×30 acrylic on canvas

This is another story of a dramatic trash rescue. The frame and the canvas were in perfect shape, but the painting was apparently not to the owner’s taste. It wasn’t my cup of tea either, so I carefully repurposed it.

My first go at this was pretty abysmal, but after looking at it for a month, it fell into place and “City Reflections” was reborn.

This 13×30 framed work would look great in your living room or office. There is only one original! The unframed version is shown here. The original is framed.

Every Painting has a Story

‘R U A Fan?’ 40×50 acrylic on canvas

I don’t paint without purpose….I usually develop a story from whatever I’m working on and then I paint. Sometimes I write the background story and other times the story is written for me. Case in point, “R U A Fan?”

I found this canvas lying by the trash. Someone had thrown out a painting and while I think all art is beautiful and special, this was not. The canvas was a gigantic 40×50, and it has a huge sun on it. I got the impression someone made it for their grandmother and when she died and the family tossed it. Nevertheless, it was there and it was a perfect canvas.

I dragged it upstairs and 4 layers of gesso later, I covered the original painting. Well…most of it. Whomever did this used chalk to make the sunbeams. I tried everything to remove them to no avail. So I had two choices: find a way to use it as it is or toss it. I chose to use it. I didn’t want to paint a sunbeam. I looked at it for weeks and came to two possible paintings: One was a peacock; the other a fan. I’d painted peacocks, but never a fan. I really love the way this came out and I saved the life of a doomed canvas!

RU A Fan?