California artist Deborah Day is an accomplished horse woman, nature enthusiast, and passionate painter. She has combined these interests to create a dual career as horse trainer and artist. Much of her inspiration comes from outside her back door where she has a herd of about thirty horses. Her beloved quarter horse Rocky works as a model for paintings, a snub horse for colts and is the resident icon at the Rockin’ D Ranch where kids of all ages come to enjoy the horses and the relaxing atmosphere of a somewhat-rural ranch life.
Horses, longhorn cattle, and landscapes that depict her surroundings and travels are common themes in Deborah’s work. She has made several trips to Africa and Israel and regularly ventures throughout the West between California and Wyoming. California’s history in traditional Vaquero horsemanship is evidenced in Deborah’s art as she has developed an appreciation for both refined horsemanship and for the beautifully crafted equipment that goes with it. Her art also reflects dedication to conservation and her exploration of spirituality. She enjoys working in large format. Oil is her primary medium but she also works in acrylic, charcoal, and bronze.
Deborah graduated with honors from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with an art major and animal science minor. She worked at Mt. SAC Community College for several years teaching horsemanship and training horses while managing her own facility and pursuing her art. Her experience in caring for animals, combined with a desire for helping people in her work inspired Deborah to complete a second bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cal State San Bernardino. Deborah appreciates a balance between working with people and the solitude of time in her studio.
Deborah has received numerous awards for her art. Her work is featured in GaWaNi Pony Boy’s book, “Of Women and Horses.”
Deborah participates in several non-profit organizations and uses some of her art to raise funds for humanitarian and conservation causes. She volunteers time to teach art at Rachel’s House of Healing in San Bernardino.