Artist posing with her paintings in a gallery
Debra Joy Groesser with some of her work in her gallery in Ralston, Nebraska.

How do you find inspiration?
Debra Joy Groesser: As mainly a landscape painter, I find inspiration everywhere. Most often, I’m drawn to scenes with beautiful light and atmosphere – often backlit subjects; calm, quiet, serene scenes; and dramatic scenes like coastal seascapes. The last few years, especially this year, I’ve found inspiration in subjects that have become metaphors for life experiences. A good example of this is one of my most recent paintings shown here. “Faith, Hope and Healing” was painted during my radiation treatments for breast cancer earlier this year. It represents my cancer journey from diagnosis to now. You can read the full story behind it here:

What is the best thing about being an artist?
Debra Joy Groesser: For me it’s being able to inspire people through my art. Art can be very healing and is truly a universal language. One of the best experiences is when a painting touches someone so deeply that it brings them to tears. How lucky are we to create beauty and help people see their world in a way they might never have before? I love when people come into my gallery, see my work and say they feel like they’ve had a spiritual experience. It doesn’t get any better than that.

To see more of Debra’s work, visit:

oil painting of light shining through cloudy day, over the ocean waves
Debra Joy Groesser, “Faith, Hope and Healing,” oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in, 2022
oil painting of desert scenes with hills and plateaus in the distance
Debra Joy Groesser, “Whispers on the Prairie Wind,” oil, 24 x 30 in, 2022


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