As a gallery owner the presentation and finished quality of work is very important to me. Debra Vances techniques for mounting and framing her watercolor paintings are nothing short of professional.

-Deret Roberts

Owner and curator of Art Obscura Gallery

Paint Out Coordinator for NMWS - I made my friend Penny's day when I accepted the position for the NM Watercolor Society. 

  • September will be at my home. Date and time to be determined. (we have a wedding to attend in Denver.) 
  • October 17th - We will try the Farm and Ranch Museum. Wednesdays admission is free. I will contact them and see what they recommend.
  • November - I would love to do a full day event before the weather makes it too difficult. People planned a "picnic adventures."  I have always wanted to paint the "City of Rocks." I will take the RV there and have a full kitchen for a picnic lunch. If you have an RV - Join me! Folks could car pool pack a lunch and we will have all the comforts of home. 
  • December - we will be on Mesilla Square painting the Christmas Decorations! 

These are my ideas - please share your ideas! 

NEW ITEMS AT VIDA! As I complete more original paintings, I try to add a few new products at the VIDA Store. Please be sure to click on the VIDA products and see what is new! Please to remember them when you need a gift for a special someone. Ask me to create something special for your next event! I am sure we can design something just for you! 


Studio Open Houses - Joined Colorful Trails Studio Tours:

Studio Open House will take place most of the Second Saturdays each month. I will undoubtedly miss a couple, but please watch the Calendar of Events for the Studio Open House Events. 

Just like the Studio Tours in February, you can locate my Studio with the bright blue flag at my driveway. Our home / my studio sets way back off the street. Please follow the drive way back and check for parking stripes I do with Lawn / Chalk paint. Help organize the traffic in the driveway! 

During these Open House events, I will have Snacks and refreshments for you to enjoy. REMEMBER, THE FIRST 5 PEOPLE ALWAYS GET A FREE PRINT! 

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This church was photographed during our recent trip to Santa Fe. We arrived early to the PACE event and drove around to several of the churches nearby.

Studio Open House July 14 from 12 - 5 pm

The Theme for this Tour will be Historic Churches. Over the years during our various RV trips I have photographed quite a few Missions and Historic Churches. I have sold three of them and decided to do a series for this months event. Each month I will endeavor to find something interesting to paint. Subject matter will vary widely just as my interests do! 


Watercolor Paintings

I've always had an artistic side and retirement has allowed me to purse it! I am primarily self taught using books, video and workshops to expand my skills.

My love of the outdoors and Country are all in my paintings. Our National Parks and Monuments are frequently the subject of my paintings.

What better way to combine the two but through Plein Air Painting! When we travel in the rv - I always have my gear with me. Weather and time permitting, you WILL find me behind my easel painting away!

Thus I am a member of both the NM Watercolor Society and the Plein Air Painters of NM.


Plein Air Painting

One of my new favorite things to do is paint outside on site. It's called Plein Air Painting. My first experience with it was in Yosemite National Park at the Arches Cascades. I painted my first day ever with John Hewitt. My next outing was with Frank Eber at the foot of Yosemite Falls.

I painted more similarly to Frank, so I looked him up on the web. He was teaching at the Scottsdale Art School in January and I signed up before we even got home. It was an intense 5 days! I met people there that I am still in touch with today via fb and email.  I can't say enough about the school, their staff and facility. It was a wonderful experience.

VIDA  has Jewelry with my art and they are creating New products for your home.

Bracelets & Pendants, Pillows, throws and prints on canvas! Come and see what is New! 


Original Paintings

These will be my Original Watercolor Paintings. They will specify whether they were created in studio or en Plein Air. Just click the link below.

Debra Vance Originals

VIDA Clothing & Home Decor

New! Jewelry & Items for the home. VIDA has started bracelets, pendant necklaces, canvas prints of my paintings pillows, tapestries and more. Please watch for more items appearing in the near future. There are  clothing items and handbags are created with my artwork on them!

I chose VIDA because of their "Literacy for Life" programs for their manufacturers. They provide reading, writing and basic math to their employees in third world countries - a hand UP not a hand out. Now that's a cause I can get behind! Just click the link below.

Debra Vance Collection

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