APAP SIGNATURE MEMBER DIRECTORY
Born and raised in NY State’s Hudson Valley, Christine Debrosky was exposed to art at an early age, and always knew that she would be involved in the creative life.
A signature member of PSA and the American Impressionist Society, she has won major awards for her pastel paintings in three juried national exhibitions of the latter over the past decade.
She has been awarded Master Circle status with IAPS, and has been a featured presenter and teacher
for several of their biennial conventions held in Albuquerque. She has also taught workshops for various art groups across the US, as well as Tuscany, Venice, and France.
Her pastel paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and invitational venues across the US, Italy, France, and St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2013, she was one of 10 American artists asked to show with the Societe des Pastellistes de France , and was further honored by having her work featured on the poster, invitations, and billboard announcements.
She has earned inclusion in Who’s Who in American Art for numerous editions, as well as many books on painting, as well as in SouthwestArt, Plein Air, the Pastel Journal, and Pratique des Artes magazines.
In 2008, she relocated to Arizona where the high desert surroundings of azure skies, colorful earth, and the dazzling sunshine inspire continued learning and sharing.
Creativity is a delicate mistress. I love the dance between passion and skill, between knowledge and learning. I think it shows in my work. - Cody DeLong
"Each painting I do springs from an idea I have about my subject. I'm not a formulaic painter, meaning I don't use the same approach for each painting I do. This is a sometimes risky way of working, but it's what keeps my love alive for the process. I feel like I can never learn it all, so each new day is an opportunity to challenge myself to grow in new directions. The end result hopefully, is painterly, with great color, light and drama. I hope to catch your eye and make you think differently about the scene, and perhaps, about painting."
Cody is a founding member and former Vice-President of the Arizona Plein Air Painters, and is a core member of the Jerome ArtWalk Association, and Jerome Chamber of Commerce, and has been a cornerstone of the Jerome arts scene for nearly two decades.
I have been an oil painter since high school. I knew I wanted to be an artist from an early age and I was always sketching, drawing and coloring. In high school, a teacher encouraged me to explore my passion. He gave me an old set of oil paints as he was exploring the "new" acrylics and I immediately liked them and their textural qualities and the slower drying time which allowed them to be worked and added to. After attending Utah State University for one year trying to find myself, I transferred to the University of Utah where I met and immediately admired the work of Alvin Gittins . He became my teacher and mentor for the next 5 years. After receiving my Master of Fine Arts degree in 1977, I moved to Los Angeles to search for a gallery situation and I was fortunate to be picked up by Wally Findlay Galleries in Beverly Hills. They were especially interested in my still life works which became the bulk of my sales for 15 years. I had dabbled in outdoor work since high school and I continued to be interested in impressionism and in working "en plein air" and gradually this desire for the free, wide-open spaces became my passion and I worked to be good at it, finding new sales venues at Redfern Gallery in Laguna Beach, John Pence in San Francisco, Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe, and more recently at Garland's Collector's Room in Sedona. I have always loved to travel and see new places and paint these locations, some of them quite remote and difficult to get to. Pack trips into the High Sierras in California and the Wind River Range in Wyoming come to mind, as do river trips through the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as extended stays in Spain and Italy.