Debby Koonce

I have been a lover of art since I first picked up a pencil and crayon.

I received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the California College of the Arts and a master’s degree in education. I enjoyed a career as a special educator where I incorporated art to enhance student learning, and also continued to paint and develop as an artist. Now retired from teaching, I am an active member of two local galleries and still continue to lecture and conduct art workshops for high school students at annual Eugene O’Neill Student Days.

I am a plein air landscape painter. I am inspired by beautiful vistas and challenged by the changing light of day and by the subtle as well as dramatic changes in the seasons. With oils and acrylics, I use a quick and fresh approach as I try to capture a moment in time in my colorful, impressionistic paintings.

Taking classes and maintaining affiliation with art groups help me to grow as an artist. I am a member of the Diablo Fine Art Gallery and the Blackhawk Gallery where I am the curator of exhibits. I also belong to the Lamorinda Arts Alliance, the Alamo Danville Artist Society, the Pleasanton Art League and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation. I enjoy being a participating artist in community events and I exhibit throughout the East Bay Area.

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