Debi Perkins

The Panhandle of Florida is absolutely breathtaking. Shorebirds, beautiful beaches, adorable towns, delicious seafood, and creative souls everywhere you turn! It’s easy to see why people flock here. I’ve been fortunate to call the Emerald Coast my home now for over 20 years, and I’m so very thankful for all of the wonderful memories and inspiration it’s provided.

I’ve always been the “artsy” type, but not until my 30’s did I think I could pursue a career in fine art. I took a mixed media class in 2012 and decided to take 2 more in oil painting shortly after at (what used to be) Okaloosa Walton Community College. That’s when I truly fell in love with the canvas and having paint all over me! Life happened, and I’m happy to say it ultimately led me right where I am today.

I’ve held many occupations (Waitress, Timeshare Sales Rep, Retail Sales, Florist) but none have ever been as fulfilling as being my own boss, and doing what I love (EXCEPT being a Mother; that is my all time favorite :)

I work best alone and am usually found in the studio listening to music that coincides with my mood. As a result, I tend to find lyrics or specific songs that resinate with me, and that’s how my artwork and their names are born. I have tried many mediums, LOVE art supplies of all kinds, I’m slightly obsessed with resin and acrylic abstracts, wish I could master the art of floral oil paintings, and admire those who create in realism. Each medium and style seems to cater to different feelings, and that’s where the magic happens. I have to really be in tune with myself, otherwise I end up just fighting the fight on canvas. Sometimes I win…sometimes I lose, but it always teaches me something new. I’m very critical of myself and admit that if I can’t find a place to hang my art in our own home, then it isn’t going anywhere ;P

I hope you enjoy what you see here and if anything, I hope you are inspired to create (or at least start doing something you love). Oh, and believe in yourself ;)

Why not?