About the artist

Debbie Horton will always have the desert in her heart. Born in Palm Springs California, and being a frequent traveler throughout the Southwest, Debbie has absorbed the desert's natural beauty and captured the vibrant colors and warmth within her paintings. She has lived in Orange County for over 35 years, and is now heading back to the desert, to make her home in Tucson, Arizona. “I feel like I hit the jackpot finding my dream house right down the street from the Saguaro National Park. It is so peaceful yet energizing at the same time. My house is older, with a lot of crazy steps, arched doorways, tile and carved wood. Besides doing my craft, I have decided to be an Airbnb host and share this lovely space, that will be adorned with my art as well as local artisan works.“

As a child, Debbie started creating with a love for cartooning. Her natural gift for creating whimsical cartoon characters through the years has allowed her work to be published in many advertising ads/campaigns, comic strips and books. Debbie is also a professional illustrator, able to draw a wide variety of subjects as needed in her advertising profession. She worked in the publishing business at Palm Springs Magazine in Palm Springs, California. Starting as a production artist, then promoted to one of the top designers for the world renowned magazine. Debbie continued her passion for graphic design at “Multi-Media Advertising” in Palm Springs. She was hired as a designer, soon becoming the companies Senior Art Director for 4 years. 

Debbie then made the move to Orange County, to expand her own design firm, “Studio West Graphics”. She hired interns from Platt College, teaching students with hands-on projects. Her clients included; Del Monte Jazz Festival, Toyota, Ford, Fila, Dunlop, Darlyn Design Sportswear, Bowers Museum, Target (bicycle product packaging), Prince (musician), Barbara Feldman (actress), Gold’s Gym, and Santa Anita Race Track, to name a few. Other graphic design experience includes creating a communications department for a local church in which Debbie and her staff designed and managed advertising, programs, power points, event coordination and more for 14 ministries. 

Debbie is currently pursuing her painting career full time, having successful past and current showings for Aaron Brothers, Ojai Art in the Park, The heART of Orange County 2018,and 2019 Competition at Chemers Gallery, Las Laguna Gallery, and the Borrego Art Institute Gallery.  Her paintings won honorable mention in the 2017 Q2 Artist Portfolio Magazine issue 31, and a select trio of works to be featured in Scottsdale's Xanadu Art Gallery's July Art Catalogue. Debbie's paintings were showcased at “Mystic Arts Gallery” in Laguna Beach California, which she felt right at home having gone to high school there in the early 70’s. Her early works are published by Schiffer Publishing, in a coffee table book, “Contemporary Painters” by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden. Debbie has also just completed illustrating a children’s book, Jack the Mouse”, to be published Spring 2019.

Debbie has taught fine art for Pacific Coast High School in Orange County, teaching a wide variety of mediums for beginning and advanced students. 

“My greatest joy is watching people light up when they see my paintings. The images I create are filled with delicious colors, moving textures, and an un-spoken passion. I believe many people get that vibe!” 

“For the love of art has always been at the very core of my thoughts, the deepest stirring of my heart, and the food of my visual appetite.”

Debbie Horton