Debra Stinson is a native of Carteret County. Upon graduation from East Carteret High School, she attended and graduated with honors from UNC-Greensboro. She taught in Carteret County Public Schools at Harkers Island Elementary for 27 years.
Her interest in painting was sparked by a lovely watercolor book. She told herself that she wanted to do watercolors some day; so one of the first things she did upon retirement was take a watercolor class. Immediately, the looseness, freshness, and spontaneity of the medium intrigued her. She took classes from instructors in Carteret County and Raleigh. Two instructors who influenced her greatly were Chuck McLachlan with his ability to simplify and Linda Werthwein with her rhythmic style.
Now Debra moves back and forth between watercolor and oils. However, watercolor is still her favorite medium. Sometimes when traveling she uses acrylics.
She took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Anquilla with one of her instructors and a group of artists. There they painted exquisite beach,
bay, and ocean scenes using acrylics and watercolor. At home, florals and the local scenery are two of her favorite subjects to paint. Beaufort, Down East, Atlantic Beach and the surrounding area have much to offer to an emerging artist. For Debra, painting is a joyful and challenging experience.