About the Artist

A native of the Kansas City area, Debra Sutherland has studied art all her life, drawing and painting since childhood. Early in her career, she studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and later attended the University of Kansas and Missouri State University, majoring in Fine Art. Though Debbie is an experienced painter in all mediums, she is primarily known as a watercolorist.

In recent years, she has studied with numerous highly acclaimed watercolorists including Rex Brandt, Milford Zornes, Irving Shapiro, Christopher Schink, Skip Lawrence, Charles Sovek, Frank Webb, Judi Betts and Alvaro Castagnet.

Debbie is a member of various watercolor societies and is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, and the Kansas Watercolor Society. She is also on the Missouri Watercolor Society Board of Directors. Her paintings have been exhibited in many regional, national, and international shows. These include the Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibit: the Louisiana Watercolor Society National Exhibit in New Orleans; the Kansas Watercolor Society Eight-State Exhibit in Wichita, Kansas; the River Road Show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibit; and the Montana Watercolor Society National Exhibit. Debra is currently serving as a board member of the Missouri Watercolor Society.

Her paintings have shown in the following exhibits:

1989MOAK (Missouri Oklahoma Arkansas Kansas) - Springfield, Missouri
1992, 1994, 2002*Kansas Watercolor Society 8-State Exhibit - Wichita, Kansas
Darrel Fergesun Memorial Award - �Two�s Company�
*2002signature membership Kansas Watercolor Society
1992St. Louis Artists Guild National Exhibit
1995*, 1997, 2000**Louisiana Watercolor Society International Exhibit
*1995Purchase Award, World Trade Center Corporate Collection - New Orleans, Louisiana
**2000National Merit Award - �Asleep at the Rail�
signature membership Louisiana Watercolor Society
1999, 2002, 2003, 2005*, 2006Missouri Watercolor Society National Exhibit
*2005Award of Distinction
signature membership Missouri Watercolor Society
200233rd Annual River Road Show - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2002San Diego International Exhibit
2003*, 2004Montana Watercolor Society - Big Fork, Montana
2003*Silver Medal Award - �Rural Reflections�
2002Numerous Springfield Visual Arts Alliance Association Exhibits - Springfield, Missouri
2003One-person Exhibit - Driskill gallery, Southwest Baptist University - Bolivar, Missouri
2004Watercolor Society of Houston International Exhibit - Houston, Texas
2004 - 2005First Plein-Air Exhibit - Keyes Gallery - Springfield, Missouri
2005Mississippi Watercolor Society National Exhibit - Jackson, Mississippi
2006Show-Me Missouri Exhibit - St. Charles, Missouri
2006Hilton Head Art League National Exhibit - Hilton Head, South Carolina
2006Juror: National Plein-Aire Exhibit - Springfield, Missouri
2006Western Heritage National Exhibit - Duncan, Oklahoma
2006Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Exhibit - Jackson, Mississippi
*2006Friends Award - �Desert Sky Spirits�
2007Solo Exhibit - The Cross Gallery - Kansas City, Missouri

Many fine galleries and private collections, including:
  • Na-Ann's Oxford Frame Gallery - Oxford, Mississippi
  • Claussen Gallery - Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Keyes Gallery - Springfield, Missouri
  • Bill Kurtis Red Buffalo Gallery - Sedan, Kansas
  • World Trade Center Corporation - New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Eli Manning, New York Giants - New York, New York
  • Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops - Springfield, Missouri
  • Dr. Earl Stubblefield, DDS - Oxford, Mississippi
  • Dr. and Mrs. Mike Lovlace - Oxford, Mississippi
  • Croley Insurance Company - Springfield, Missouri
  • Butler & Wheeler Law Offices - Jenks, Oklahoma