Deborah Foster, a Nevada native born in Yerington, Nevada has been oil painting since 1999. She sketched as a child, took art classes as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and assisted her two son’s with art projects over the years, but she didn’t get serious until she began her formal oil painting instruction from local artist, Tina Tyrrell. Workshops from Ed Garcia, Hal Watt and Kit Knight soon followed. What started as a hobby blossomed into a passion and now she finds it a necessity, like air and water.
Deborah enjoys the look achieved by using a palette knife. She believes there is no better way to create vibrant color, depth and texture on the canvas or on a board. Her subjects range from floral and desert scenes to water and landscapes. But a review of her work shows a scattering of people and animals and a definite flair for architecture.
Deborah retired in January 2001 from the State of Nevada as a training manager for the Division of Emergency Management and then spent a year coordinating the Community Emergency Management Team program for Washoe County, Nevada. Not content to really retire, she then spent eight years working as a Reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a Training Specialist. She is now on the Board of Directors of the Goni Canyon Preservation League and a member of and on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Artists Association (NAA). She sells her original oils, Giclée prints and greeting cards in the NAA Gallery and at other local venues and has donated works for fund-raising at charitable events sponsored by Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Breast Cancer Awareness, Honor Flight and the Smith Valley Historical Society.
You can reach Deborah at 775-250-7544.