Big Bend Arts Council


  PO Box 1764, Alpine, TX  79831

Deborah Allison

Our world contains tremendous beauty, both in the extraordinary and in the common. In my quest to capture just a bit of what is around and put it on canvas, I have found that my life observation skills have expanded and intensified. This quest for beauty is my quest for life vision.

Deborah Allison studied in France with Pariaian artist Alexandra Georeon-Colin for seven years, acquiring detailled studion instruction while working from life.  Workshops with Timothy Wells focused on landscape plein-air painting in watercolor.  Deborah was chosed 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.  Recently, following a workshop with Milt Kobayashi,  Deborah has been exploring and enjoying a more expressionistic style in her portraiture.
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,

1996 Pastel Portraiture with Perrin Sparks, Dallas, TX

1992 – 1999 Individual instruction with Alexandra Georgeon-Colin, Paris


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,

Exhibitions Solo Shows

2012 – “Putting on a New Face” CatchLight Art Gallery

2010 – “Portraying the Light in a 5x7” 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

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

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