Description An oil painting of one of the wild horses that live at Sand Wash Basin, northwestern Colorado. Photo credit goes to John Wagner, who generously gives me permission to use his photos, and keeps me painting these wonderful animals.
Debra Mickelson, Laramie Member Since December 2010 Artist Statement Debra is an oil and pastel artist who lives in the northern mountains of Colorado, just 4 miles from the Wyoming state line. She paints the mountain and high prairie landscapes that are her very backyard, along with the indigenous wildlife that frequent the area. 'I have moose, elk, deer, coyote, and the occasional mountain lion or bear that appear right outside my dining room windows'. Debra also raises and trains American Quarter Horses, so much of her summer is spent traveling the area on horseback, recording the landscape with pastel or oil sketches, and, of course, a camera. She has a desire to record the western, cowboy and ranching culture that is rapidly disappearing in most areas of the country.
Debra has studied under many nationally known artists, and her work has won numerous awards. Currently, she is represented by fine art galleries in Salida and Loveland, Colorado, and also in Laramie, Wyoming. Her artwork hangs in private collections across North America, and as far away as Singapore.