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 in 2009. 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”.

She won two awards in Battle Ground Art Alliance’s 2018 Spring Show, for “Calling Home” and “Etiquette”. She was chosen to participate in clark county's Open Studio Tour in Vancouver, Washington in November of 2018 and was published in their catalog.

She is currently painting in Battle Ground, Washington where she lives 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 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 my work can be seen on my 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, composition, and style are other tools to communicate emotion, character, and feelings toward the subject.

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

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