Friday, December 23, 2011

Mustang A Day Challenge Guest Artist Debbie Flood

Debbie Flood Western Artist
Guest Blogger for Burro Week

 Debbie Flood  talks about her painting: "Investigators"
Investigators (Wild Burros)
12 x 16 Watercolor on 300lb Arches Watercolor Paper.
by Debbie Flood

"During this past Summer, I made a couple trips out west. I visited New Mexico and also Arizona. I just fell in love with the Land out there. Sedona, AZ was really pretty, with the red rock canyons of Sedona. Here in this watercolor of the Burros, I used those canyon rocks, trees and cactus as the background for these guys. The Burros are rescue Burros, Knoxville & Hood. They are in the care of Wild Horse advocate, Debra Gulley in California."
Debra and her family live on a ranch that takes in rescue horses and burros and are a voice for those in the wild. Articles that Debra Gulley has written for the Big Blend Magazine online plus the once a month blog talk radio show she does with them can be found here:
Debra Gulley's family blog page can be found here
Debra had purchased several Original paintings, as well as a Trail of Painted Pony sculpture from Debbie Flood, and they have become good friends through Facebook and social media.

"When I was asked by Linda to be a guest artist on The Mustang A Day Challenge blog, and that the Burros were the subject of the week, I just knew, I had to help give a voice, through Debra's Burro's, and the hard work she is doing to save America's Wild.  This Painting is dedicated to Debra, her family and all the hard work she has been doing for these animals. "

More about Debbie Flood:

Debbie Flood’s accurate yet painterly Watercolors, of Equine and Western Themed Genre, have garnered her many Museum Exhibits.
Debbie Flood was brought up on an Appaloosa Horse farm, in Maine, where she started riding at the age of 3. She continued to ride and work with the horses until her early 20's. During those early years, she also kept drawing and painting the horse, and to this day, she still paints that love of the horse and the bonds that humans have with them.
Flood’s bright colors, yet strong attention to detail and the ability to handle watercolor with an emotional twist, along with an extensive knowledge of horse anatomy and behavior, has Collectors actively seeking her work throughout the United States and Internationally.
Flood is known for whimsical yet accurate details of children and adults interacting with horses in a Western setting. Though she hails from the Eastern side of the USA, living in Maine, she is drawn to paint the Western landscape and subject matter. Her goal is to portray the emotional bond between horse, human and the land.
Flood has been traveling to New Mexico and Arizona in the summer of 2011 to see firsthand what the land has to offer and she has come back with new insight and meaning for future paintings. Flood also has had Gallery ‘solo’ and ‘Invitational group’ exhibits, which she attended, while in those two States.
Studying the play of light on colors, out on the land, and painting everyday has brought her paintings to a new professional level.

Flood also enjoys working and networking with other artists. She enjoys many art genres, and because of this love of art, she founded the International Equine Artists in September of 2010. Here Flood mentors and helps to promote the artists at all levels in their career through a public website, blogs and a private member’s forum online. Flood is the administrator of the group and curates online member exhibits, and helps the artists to network and market their art.

Debbie Flood's Professional Memberships include:
Contemporary Fine Art International Professional Member 2011- Current
National Association of Women Artists Elected Professional Member 2007-Current
International Equine Artists 2010 - Current Founding Member and Administrator
National Watercolor Society Associate Member 2010-Current
Texas Watercolor Society Associate Member 2011-Current

Her most recent awards:
2011 President's Award, 'The climb' International Museum of Art, Sun Bowl Exhibit 2011, El Paso, Texas.
2011 Judges Award of Merit, Rumbles in the sky, Red River Valley Museum International Juried Exhibit, Vernon, Texas
2011 Third Place, Knot Listening, International Bank Exhibit, Raton, New Mexico.
2011 First Place, Riding with mom, Contemporary Fine Art International online Exhibit.
2011 Honorable Mention, Winter shelter, Contemporary Fine Art International online Exhibit.

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