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Debbie Griest

Debbie Griest's passion to create art is inspired by her respect and appreciation for wildlife and nature.  She builds on her travel experiences through the savannas of Africa, the jungles of central and South America, and the natural habitats throughout California and the US.  When out in nature Debbie is drawn to the drama of light and shadow, the emotions and feelings evoked by a particular setting, and the unique personality or presence of an animal observed. These paintings of wildlife, landscapes, and scenes from nature provide a window into the beauty of our natural environment and a glimpse into the life of wild animals who radiate power, grace, dignity, and a presence.  She earned a Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University and is a member of the Central Coast Art Association and the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation.

Awards and Exhibitions: 
Exhibiting in Venture Gallery, Monterey, CA
Exhibiting in Cheryl Watts Pottery and Gallery, Monterey, CA
First Place Watercolor, 2013 Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Pacific Grove, CA
Second Place, 2014 Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Monterey, CA
2015 The Edge of the Sea, Juried Show, Pacific Grove Library, Pacific Grove, CA
2015 Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Sally Griffin Center, Pacific Grove, CA
2015 Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Member Show, Pacific Grove, CA
2014 Central Coast Art Association Board Show, Sally Griffin Center, Pacific Grove, CA
2013 Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Member Show, Pacific Grove, CA
2013 Central Coast Art Assoc. Juried Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA
2013 Giving For Melody, Benefit exhibition, The Works, Pacific Grove, CA
2012 Out of State, group exhibition, WORKS Gallery, San Jose, CA
2012 In Their Presence, solo BFA show, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2010 Works on Paper, group exhibition, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
2007 Central Coast Art Association Members exhibition, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA