Debbie Hughbanks is a professional artist specializing in wildlife, equine & domestic animal paintings, as well as figurative and western themed pieces. Painting most often in pastel or acrylic she still finds time to explore other avenues including scratchboard and mixed media work. Debbie is an artist that is passionate about the creation of art and finds her inspiration all around her studio located in northeastern Washington State. Fascinated by animals, nature and interesting people she meets along the way there is never a shortage of subject matter to spark her creative flame. The connection she feels for the subjects she paints, as well as the passion and joy she experiences in the actual creation of the work, is evident in each unique completed piece of art. Debbie regularly participates in national and international juried shows garnering numerous awards along the way for both her pastel and acrylic work. She has also been featured in several art publications, including “Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow” ” and “The Contemporary Art of Nature MAMMALS.” Debbie is a Signature and Emeritus Member of WAOW, a Signature Member of NPS and an active associate member of several other national organizations. Debbie maintains a website featuring her art at http://www.hughbanksart.com , a blog where she discusses the creation and business of art (through her website) and a page for Hughbanks Art on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DebbieHughbanksArt . She can be contacted at email@example.com . Artist Statement I paint because I must paint. The creation of art is a passion, a need and a desire that I feel I must meet on some level every day whether it is simply planning the composition of the next work in my mind or placing the finishing touches on the pastel or painting I have had in progress for days. My inspirations come from the animals, people and surroundings that I love . . . for I find I am passionate about these things, as well, and want to be able to share them with others through my work. My hope is that the joy I feel in the creation of each piece will come through to those who view my art and that something in a particular painting will speak to each viewer on a very personal level. Who could ask for more as an artist?