Debra Merritt, Tucson Member Since May 2012 Artist Statement I am a self taught artist but grew up in a family of artists. I have always been encouraged to explore various creative outlets. However being a single parent I worked as a Registered Nurse for nearly 30 years. The Medical Field was a pretty sure thing and making a living as an artist is any thing but that....But I have recently decided to make the leap and give it a try. Then just a few weeks ago I had a bad ATV accident leaving me with some broken bones and limitations on my activities which kept me grounded and in front of the computer long enough to get this set up. I'd much rather be painting or sculpting. I live in Tucson Arizona and spend much time exploring the southwest with camera in hand. It is a great inspiration for most of my artwork. Most of my work is pretty realistic in style and I tend toward the detail. Something I am trying to work away from. So you may be seeing a few more things like The Shaman painting. And maybe not...follow me and see. Thanks for reading. Deb Merritt.