Biography

Debbie Griest’s passion to create art is inspired by her respect and appreciation for all animals, but particularly wildlife.  She builds on her experience from her travels through the savannas of Africa and the jungles of central and south America observing and painting wildlife.  When out in nature Debbie is drawn to the drama of light and shadow, the emotions and feelings evoked by being in a particular setting, and the unique personality or presence of an animal observed. These paintings of wildlife provide a glimpse into the life of animals, animals that radiate power, grace, dignity, and a presence.

Debbie Griest is currently showing her work in the Venture Gallery in Monterey, and the Cheryl Watts Pottery and Gallery in Monterey, California.  She has also shown her work in exhibits in San Jose and on the Monterey Peninsula. 

Debbie earned a Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University and is currently a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, a member of the Central Coast Art Association, and a member of the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation.  Visit her website at debbiegriestart.com or contact her at Debbie.griest@yahoo.com.

 

Support for Conservation: 

I have long supported many nonprofit animal and environmental conservation organizations through donations of time, money, art, and art proceeds.  As an environmentalist and animal rights advocate, I volunteer for the SPCA and the local Animal Friends Rescue Project, working special events, helping with animal care at the facilities, and assisting people adopt animals.  My favorite time, however, is spent just petting and caring for the animals while they are in transition between homes.  I donate artwork each year for live and silent auctions put on by local charities such as the SPCA  and AFRP.  I also donate a portion of every sale to these and other charitable organizations.  

 

Special Achievements: 

First Place Watercolor, Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Pacific Grove, CA

Second Place, Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Pacific Grove, CA

Second Place, Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Monterey, CA

Presence of Wildlife, Solo exhibition, Sunset Cultural Center, Carmel, CA

Expressions of Wildlife, Solo exhibition, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

The Edge of the Sea, Juried Show, Pacific Grove Library, Pacific Grove, CA

Patrons’ Show, Invitiaitonal Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Art Within Reach, Invitational Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Sunset Cultural Center, Invitational Show,  Art Auction, Carmel, CA

Central Coast Art Association Juried Show, Sally Griffin Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Central Coast Art Association Board Show, Sally Griffin Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Central Coast Art Assoc. Juried Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Giving For Melody, Benefit exhibition, The Works, Pacific Grove, CA