Debra Stinson and Tracy Huley

Stinson’s artistic journey was launched by an unexpected source. “My interest in painting was sparked by a lovely book on watercolors! I purchased it and told myself that I wanted to do watercolors someday.” So she did. After retiring from teaching in Carteret County she began taking classes. “I loved the looseness, freshness, and spontaneity of watercolor, she said. While her medium may have changed to primarily oils, she still finds passion in the creative process.

“I am still exploring and there are so many options for applying paint and so many palettes of color to use that I can never imagine truly locking into one “look”,” Debra Stinson said. “Painting has made me really see and feel the world around me. Clouds are not just clouds anymore. They have color, shape, value, and movement, and they can symbolize calm or storm. I feel fortunate to now see that clouds aren’t always white, and they sky’s not always blue!”

Summer Party by Tracy Huley

Though Stinson has numerous accolades for her work, she wouldn’t consider that her greatest achievement. “It truly comes when someone tells me that a painting evokes a memory of feeling of their past.” She hopes that in this upcoming show individuals will be able to find those things within her paintings allowing them to deeper connect with her work.

While Stinson’s artistic journey began later in life, Tracy Huley knew she was destined to be an artist from a young age.

Japanese Quince by Debra Stinson

“My favorite thing to do as a child was draw! During those times when grownups were talking and we kids were supposed to be quiet, all I needed was a piece of paper and pencil and I was set for a pleasurable time.” Huley said. Her grandmother began to notice her interest in art and started paying for lessons with well-known Maryland artist Peter Egeli who helped teach her how to paint with oils. Her passion continued to blossom as she took art classes in high school and in college decided to major in it.
“My style is about wanting to truly “get down” those realistic qualities of what inspired a subject in me,” Huley said. “When it comes to creating art you have to give it your all and create every day. Paint every day. Draw every day. Take classes from different instructors whose work interests you or may challenge you. Paint what speaks to you and don’t worry about what others may think. Be You.”