Debra Huse

Artist Biography and Background

Debra Huse is a contemporary American Impressionist. She uses rich color and bold fluid strokes to capture the light and drama in her plein air and studio paintings. Huse enjoys working in oils and is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters & Pastel Society of America. Debra began formal painting when she was ten years old, even stretching her own canvases in private lessons. At age eleven, she was awarded a scholarship and attended college courses at the prestigious John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Debra continued her art studies at Indiana University and upon graduation, worked painting for Champion Illustrated Sports in Nashville, Indiana. Huse relocated to Newport Beach, California while working as an art director in advertising by day and painting at night. A full-time painter since 1998, Debra enjoys painting on location and has painted in many plein air events across the country. Huse and her husband Randy enjoy traveling on their sport fishing boat GROUPER, where Debra often paints scenes from the water. Huse currently has a studio in a Newport Beach, California boatyard.
California, Indiana
Known for
Landscape, Marine, Seascape
John Heron Art School; Indianapolis, IN; 1971
Indiana University, School of Fine Art; 1979
California Light; A Century of Landscapes: Paintings of the California Art Club by Jean Stern and Molly Siple

Contemporary American Marine Art
15th Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists, 2011-13

Land of Sunlight-Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2018 Maui Plein Air
2018 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2017 American Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition
2017 93rd Annual Hoosier Salon
2017 Maui, Sonoma, Easton, Forgotten Coast, Kern Arts & Wild Side Catalina, Plein Air Invitationals
2017 1st Place - Quick Draw, Florida's Forgotten Coast Plein Air
2017 Honorable Irvine-Swinden Merit Award at Big Canyon Plein Air
2017 Faculty Member & Presenter, Plein Air National Convention
2017 California Art Club's Gold Medal Exhibition
2017 American Impressionist Society's "Impressions" Small Works
2017 Maui Plein Air Invitational Award for "Favorite Local Hangouts"
2016 “A Summer Idyll” Irvine Museum
2016 Realism Without Borders, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art
2016 LPAPA Signature Show “Impressions”
2016 American Society of Marine Artists National Exhibition
2016 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2016 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
2016 Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Castle Gallery
2016 92nd Annual Hoosier Salon
2015 AWARD Sonoma Plein Air
2015 AWARD Maui Plein Air
2015 Maynard Dixon Camp Out and Show
2015 “Plein Air Painting Past & Present”
2014 Then & Now, Irvine Museum
2014 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
2013 Outdoor Painter AWARD Laguna Plein Air
American Society of Marine Artists, Signature Member
Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
American Impressionist Society, Signature Member
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Signature Member
California Art Club
Realism Without Borders International
Hoosier Salon
Oil Painters of America
Southern California Plein Air Painters
Magazine and Media References
November 2015 Plein Air Magazine - Feature Article
July 2015 Fine Art Connoisseur - "Three To Watch"
2015 Fine Art Conniosseur Magazine, “Celebrating Marine Art Today”
2015 Art of the West, Huse Feature Article “All About the Light”
2014 December Fine Art Connoisseur “Marine Masters”
February 2013 Southwest Art - Cover & Feature Article
July 2010 American Art Collector - "Down to the Sea"
Artist Review(s)
“Debra Huse takes a loving look at the quintessential California lifestyle: the beaches, boats, gardens, and people, all partaking of the "good life" in the Golden State. An astute observer of everyday life, Debra presents her subjects immersed in the unique light and warmth of coastal Southern California. A true "plein air" painter, her paintings are direct and honest views of what is all around her.”
-Jean Stern, Art Historian, Author and Lecturer
Artist Statement
I've been blessed with the talent of seeing and the passion for painting. Oil is such a lucious medium. Applying lots of paint - moving it around and carving out areas is fascinating. As a contemporary plein air colorist, I strive to capture the beauty of the moment, the poetry of the atmosphere, and the notes of colorful light with the spontaneity and energy of a painter intrigued. Not painting is not an option.
Debra Huse
229 Marine Ave Suite E
Newport Beach , CA  92662
Phone: 949 723-6171
Plein Air, Impressionist, American Impressionist, Contemporary colorist
Oil, Pastel
Price Information
Small pieces start at $600. Larger paintings range from $2,000-$25,000.