Debra Reynolds

Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I am currently doing mainly watercolors of a variety of subjects. My show at The Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center includes floral, landscape, still life and portrait pieces done during the last 3 1/2 years. After retiring 5 years ago from teaching and illustrating, I started my own art business specializing in realistic watercolors, with a few mixed media and pencil pieces.

How did you first become interested in art?
I’ve been doing art for the past 50 years — I majored in art at UCLA, received a masters degree and then worked in the field of medical illustration, while also teaching art from the elementary to the junior college levels.

How does art enrich a community, and what are some ways people can engage with art in Burbank?
Burbank is an arts hub in the LA area — there are art groups available to join, as well as the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, The Burbank Arts Association, Burbank Arts & Education Foundation, art exhibits, and of course many businesses centered on the arts. The Burbank Unified School District is also strongly supportive of the arts through the Burbank Arts & Education Foundation.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
While art can be imperative for some people to make, I strongly feel that art is for everyone to observe. Art helps make one more thoughtful, curious, and aware.

To find out more about Debra and her work, visit her website