Then Sings My Soul
30 x 40 in.
Oil on linen panel
Available through The Mission Gallery, St. George, Utah

This painting was created in the studio from plein air studies and photo reference. The majestic Teton mountains are a very spiritual place for me. The heavenly light reflected in the Snake River and the misty atmospheric light on the mountains in this scene conveyed that spiritual experience…one that I hope the viewers will feel as well.

Ralston, Nebraska, artist Debra Joy Groesser is best known for her impressionistic landscape paintings, particularly her plein air work. Debra is the CEO/President and a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society, a Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Plains Artists, and an artist member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and the Salmagundi Club, New York. Debra’s ability to render emotion, mood and to capture the spirit of her subjects draws collectors worldwide to her work. “Painting is such a spiritual experience for me. Nothing inspires me more than being out on location, capturing the subtle nuances of color, light and atmosphere that can only be achieved by painting from nature. When I find a subject that triggers a strong emotional response in me, I know that’s what I have to paint. My greatest satisfaction is when the viewer has that same emotional response I did. ”

Debra is also well known for her portrait work. Her most visible portrait commission to date hangs at Omaha’s Holland Performing Arts Center – a 4 x 6 foot portrait of Richard and Mary Holland, commissioned by Omaha Performing Arts.

Debra has participated in countless juried and invitational exhibitions across the country. She is a frequent speaker and demo artist at schools, art and community events, and radio blog talk shows. She served on the faculty of the Plein Air Convention in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Debra’s work has been featured in several national art publications, including Art of the West, American Art Collector, Southwest Art and PleinAir Magazine.

Debra is represented by SouthWind Art Gallery, Topeka KS, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach CA, Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder CO, The Mission Gallery, St. George UT and Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, Park City UT in addition to her own gallery, Debra Joy Groesser Fine Art. Visit for more information about Debra and her work.

2019 Upcoming Exhibitions
AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase, June-August, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey MI
Plein Air Artists Colorado National Juried Exhibition, June
“Where in the World Is” Plein Air Event, June , Illume Gallery, St George UT
Door County (Wisconsin) Invitational Plein Air Festival, July
Paint Grand Traverse Plein Air Invitational, August, Traverse City, Michigan
American Impressionist Society 20th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Sept/Oct, Salmagundi Club, New York City

2019 Workshops/Open Studio Sessions
Monday Open Studio Portrait Sessions
Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 13, June/July – no session, Aug. 5, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Dec 9

“Oil Painting for Beginners”
April 6th and 7th. 9am-4pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sunday. $250 includes all materials.

“The Nuts and Bolts of the Art Business”
Saturday, April 27th 9am to 4pm $125

“Improve Your Paintings with Value and Color”
Friday thru Sunday, June 21st-23rd, 9am to 4pm each day. $375.

“Capturing Light and Color En Plein Air”
Friday thru Sunday, October 11th-13th, 9am to 4pm each day. $375.