Gallery Representation

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Deborah Allison Self PortraitDeborah Allison studied in France with Parisian artist Alexandra Georgeon-Colin for seven years, acquiring detailed studio instruction while working from life. Workshops with Timothy Wells focused on landscape plein-air painting in watercolor. Deborah was chosen to succeed Wells as teacher for the plein-air workshops in England, France and Italy. She started her studies of portraiture and figurative work with master artist, Anthony Ryder in 2007 and continued an intensive study at the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe. Throughout her career, Deborah has focused on drawing and painting in a classical representational style, working from life, sprinkled with forays into semi-abstraction from time to time.

Art Education

2012 Workshop with Milt Kobayashi, Scottsdale Artists’ School, AZ
2009 Five Month Life Drawing/Painting Study Program, The Ryder Studio NM
2008 Anatomy for Artists, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Nine Month Life Drawing/Painting Study Program, The Ryder Studio NM
2007 Figure & Portrait Drawing, Portrait Painting with Anthony Ryder, Santa Fe, NM
1997 Plein-air workshops with Timothy Wells, France & England
1996 Pastel Portraiture with Perrin Sparks, Dallas, TX
1992 1999 Individual instruction with Alexandra Georgeon-Colin, Paris France


2010-2012 Adult Education Art Program, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine TX
2009 Tutoring, The Ryder Studio, Santa Fe, NM
2002 2010 Individual lessons, Ashby & Allison Fine Art Gallery, Alpine, TX
2005 Palette Club, Midland, TX
1998 2000 Old Vicarage Plein-air workshops, England, Italy, France


Solo Shows

2010 “Portraying the Light in a 5×7” CatchLight Art Gallery, Alpine, TX
2009 Ashby & Allison Galleries, Alpine, TX
2008 Kchisos Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Martin’s Fine Jewelry, Odessa, TX
2003, 2006 Ashby & Allison Galleries, Alpine, TX
2002 Spirit of the West Gallery, Alpine, TX
2000 Colleyville, TX
2000 Euless, TX
1998-1999 Place St. Michel Paris France
1996 Place de la Bastille Paris France

Gallery Exhibits

2010 present CatchLight Art Gallery, Alpine, TX
2009 Contemporary Realism, The Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2008 “Vernissage” Ryder Studio, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Ryder Studio Show at Harry’s Roadhouse, Santa Fe, NM
2007 Kchisos Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2006 2007 Twin Souls Café Ft. Davis, TX
2003 through 2006 – Ashby & Allison Fine Art Galleries Alpine, TX
2004 6th Street Bakery, Alpine, TX
2004 Oak Street Gallery Pecos, TX
2001 2002 Main Street Bread Baking Co., Grapevine, TX

Juried Shows & Awards

2011 American Artists Professional League , NYC, NY
2011 Hunting Art Prize Finalist, Houston, TX
2010 National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, Wichita, KS
2009 “Best in Show” Kate Hoffman Annual Juried Show
2005-2008 Trappings of Texas, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX
2007 American Juried Art Salon,
2007 Pastel Society of New Mexico Annual Show, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Pastel Society of the Southwest Annual Juried Show, Denton, TX
2006 “Animal Instincts” Big Bend Arts Council Alpine, TX
2005 14th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM
2005 Sun Bowl 2005, International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2005 “Award of Excellence” – GFWC Art Show, Alpine, TX
2004 “People’s Choice & Award of Excellence” – GFWC Art Show, Odessa, TX
2004 “Featured Artist” – Alpine’s Gallery Night, Alpine, TX
2004, 2005 & 2006 Annual Juried Show, Kate Hoffman Assoc. Ft. Davis, TX
2001 Juried Art Exhibition, Trinity Art Guild, Bedford TX
2001 Big Fork Annual Art Festival, Big Fork, MT
Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award

Book Illustrations

2007 “The Trip of a Lifetime” by Beth Leone Peabody, AuthorHouse
2007 “Valerie” by Darrell West (proposal)

Public Art

2007 Exterior Mural, Alpine Medical Center Alpine, TX
2006 Interior Mural, Alpine Valley Care Center Alpine, TX
2004 Interior Mural, Alpine Christian School Alpine, TX
2001 Interior Mural, Mantis Urban Market Grapevine, TX


Portrait Society of America
Big Bend Arts Council