Debbie Stonebraker, Foley, Missouri Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Debbie Miller Stonebraker has always loved animals, especially dogs. Her talent was apparent early in her life. Her kindergarten teacher told her mother that Debbie was going to be an artist. Her love and understanding of animals and her artistic ability combine to help her create some of the most realistic dog art out there.
Deb was introduced to Labrador Retrievers in 1971 when she purchased a black lab puppy for her boyfriend (now husband of almost 32 years). Since the first lab, Skeeter, there will always be at least one lab around the house. Deb and husband Craig, and son Cody are avid outdoorsmen. They live in Missouri near the Mississippi River where duck hunting and fishing are their favorite sports. They currently have a black male, Thunder, age almost 15, and a fox red female, Reba, age 8, and a cream yellow, Josie, age almost 4. A few years back they lost their 13 1/2 year old yellow female, Sunni. Soon the Stonebraker family hopes to bring home a new chocolate lab puppy. The Stonebraker Labs are trained by the artist as duck retrievers and hunting companions.
Debbie's proudest achievement in her artistic career is that she was chosen to do the official portrait of Sirius, the yellow lab bomb sniffing police dog who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. She and her son Cody, friend Chris Eck, and friends from Labsr4u were present in Liberty Park NJ for the presentation of the official portrait to Officer David Lim and the NYNJPAPD. The portrait now hangs in the Port Authority Headquarters building.
Deb has participated in several national juried shows, including the "Hyatt" show in Minneapolis, and the Southeastern Wildlife Art Show in Charleston. She was named 1995 Illinois Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year with her image entitled "Bright Promise". Two of her works were accepted into the Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita in 2006, and one in 2009.
Much of her work is done in soft pastel on ultra-suede, or on a smaller format, with Prismacolor colored pencils. Either medium lends itself to animal portraiture in that the softness of the fur and the depth of the eyes is conveyed. Debbie's work has been described as "hauntingly realistic".