Debby Kaspari, "Hot Sun (Masked Tanager)," Oil on Canvas, 9 x 12 in., $600
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debby Kaspari explores the natural world by sketching on location and creating paintings of birds, animals, plants, and other objects in acrylic and pastel. Her work has been shown nationally at the Oakland Museum, CA, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, CA, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, WI, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, OK. Kaspari's work has been published by Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and Bird Watcher's Digest. Born in 1957 in Oakland, CA, her fascination with nature and birds began with long hikes in the East Bay hills. A diploma from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1981 was followed by a freelance career as an illustrator and designer. On a trip to Trinidad and Tobago she fell in love with the colorful birds and exotic imagery of tropics. She once hiked the trails and sketched the rainforest for a month on Panama's Barro Colorado Island. This inspired a body of work that was displayed at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Debby Kaspari moved to Norman, OK in 1955 and lives on ten acres with her husband, a tropical biologist and OU Professor.