Next live art show is Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival in Mulekteo, WA on Sept 9-11

about Debbie Kappelhoff

 I am a relocated Brit currently living in the Pacific Northwest of the US.  My husband's career moves have enabled us to live in many locations, including both sides of Canada, Memphis, Phoenix, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Santa Barbara, and Germany. As a child I was lucky enough to have traveled extensively around the world and I believe that the shapes, colors, and patterns of the different cultures I've encountered over the years influence my thoughts and choices on a daily basis.

 Now that my 2 boys are almost off to college, I once again have more time on my hands and in the last few years have been finding some new avenues of expression which led me to acrylic pouring art. My confidence has built up to the point that I have started helping others try this technique and have been lucky enough to build up a studio to really work on this more. Luckily my family is very supportive of my many creative endeavors. My house is rarely spotless, but I'm a contented Mom & wife and motivated artist.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.


Inspiration

 Through the years I have tried many crafts/hobbies/art - sometimes self-taught, other times taking classes, and more and more soaking up how-to's on YouTube. In 2018 I started to pay attention to acrylic pour art painting videos from artists around the world (shout out to Michelle Edhouse) and thought, “I want to try this!”. A major incentive at the beginning was that our home needed some large format paintings to replace old, outdated wall art such as posters that had outlived their one-time appeal. Little 12”x12” paintings that are common outputs of you-tube videos were not going to do it for me. I aimed for bigger canvases. The encouragement I get from my Facebook friends and the people who have bought my paintings from the first couple of art fairs I attended, bolstered my confidence and gave me the impetus to continue creating.

Techniques

 Of course, the first thing that I learned was that “it is not as easy as it looks on the video”. Acrylic pouring only leaves a portion of the process in the artist's hands and that once the process begins, there are no stopping points until it is completed. Once the paint is prepared and the technique is chosen, the act of creation is pretty rapid and it is at this point that the paint itself becomes the creator in charge of the final result.  It took a lot of experimentation with different paint brands, colors, layering techniques, pouring containers, and canvas preparations to get a working knowledge for creating large format acrylic pour paintings. There are myriad ways to apply the paint to the canvas in this type of art, and every acrylic pourer has their preferred method. I have found that I prefer the flip-cup method using bold colors and metallics but am continually experimenting.

career highlights

  •   1987 - Graduated from University of Birmingham (in the UK) with a major in American Studies.
  • 1991 - Graduated from University of Memphis with a Masters of Arts in Education. 
  • 1991-2000 - Taught in various schools in Memphis and Phoenix
  • 2000-2017 - Raised 2 boys
  • 2017 – started pouring for real
  • 2018 – started selling art on-line on Etsy and Saatchi Art
  • 2019 – had first one night gallery showing in Seattle and started selling on Amazon
  • 2020 – had art on display at gallery in Aberdeen
  • 2021 – launched ArtStorefront
  • 2022 - juried into 6 art festivals in WA and CA
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