Award Winning Acrylic Paintings


Ten years ago Debra owned Sleight of Hand, selling fine art, murals, painting ceilings and portraits out of Las Vegas, NV. She created art for interior designer, Carrie Sanchez, for model homes. In 2006 she secured representation for her body of work. The paintings “Greg”, “Tippy-Toes”, “Anne”, and “Jack-a-Roo” were in the Henderson Art Association Gallery Show. The same year, “Tippy-toes” hung in the Ritz Carlton Rotunda at Lake Las Vegas.

Later that year she juried into the Art Round-Up at Las Vegas Museum of Art with “Jack-a-roo”, and won 2nd place with “Greg at Sunset” the following year.

She closed her business before returning to college. Having obtained both Bachelor and Master's degrees, she refreshed her art skills at New Master's Academy and opened Debra Cootware fine art.

Debra was represented by Prophetics Gallery. in 2017-2018. She was in Artsy Shark’s online publication in 2018. She was featured in Sacrocanct Gallery’s online show with “Out of Darkness”.

A member of Battle Ground Art Association, she won two awards in their Spring Show, for “Calling Home” and “Etiquette”. She was chosen to participate in Open Studio Tour for Clark County, Washington in November of 2018 and published in their catalog.

She is currently painting and exploring artistic expression in clay. She resides in Battle Ground, Washington with her husband Greg.


Paint Craft Tools

Acrylic paints

I generally use Blick Artists’ Acrylic, series 4 and also Golden Artist Color, series 3 acrylic paints. I find it helpful to add Golden gel medium when I paint and also use their gloss gel as a sealing medium.

Painting surfaces

  • Wrap around canvases - Painted edges allow the buyer to skip framing.

  • Canvas board a thin hard canvas covered surface - these are easy to pack in my pochade for painting en plein air.

  • Heavy paper for acrylic painting- great for my backpack when I'm painting on the go or practicing Master’s paintings for my sketchbook with acrylics or water colors.

  • Canvas pads- Primed canvas in tablet form, for my color/value sketches before starting larger works.

    * All the art for sale on is painted on wrap around canvas or canvas board. Other surfaces are for my urban sketching and studio practice. Short videos of pottery can be seen on Debra Cootware Instagram or Facebook pages.


A Portrait

The best portraits communicate character through movement, gesture or expression. That's why a “smile and say cheese” pose is rarely the best choice. Lighting and style are other tools to communicate emotion, character, and feelings toward the subject.

If you would like to commission a portrait of a person or beloved , contact me below. Let's talk.

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