A native of West Virginia, Deborah Ankrom Kepes is a
Contemporary Realist trained in the classical traditions of fine
art portraiture.  She studied at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,
located in Pittsburgh, PA for five years  under the direction of
acclaimed painter, James Douglas Adams, Professor of the
Fine Arts Department, University of Washington in St. Louis,
MO.  Deborah is an award winning artist.   Her work is held in
private and corporate collections throughout the United States.  

For many years Deborah has volunteered her services to The
Portrait Society of Atlanta* and The Portrait Society of
America**in several positions, both are non-profits and
promote the education of fine art portraiture.   Her service in
both organizations has been an enriching creative process
bringing with it a continual education in the techniques and
practices of fine art portraiture.  She has served the state
membership of The Portrait Society of America as the first
Georgia Goodwill Ambassador from 2004 - 2008.  Deborah
was honored as one of four recipients of the  2007 Art
Marketing Consultation Scholarships presented by the Cecilia
Beaux Forum created to strengthen the role of women artists
by providing programs and resources to enhance the quality,
as well as, the publics knowledge and appreciation of their
work.  Through this program she had the honor of working with
Mr. Calvin Goodman each month consecutively throughout the
year to build her marketing knowledge and profile.  Also
through this program she had the honor of working with
Edward Jonas mentoring her on the technical
aspects of her work.  In September of 2008, she was selected
as a finalist in the Portrait Brokers of America, Inc., portfolio
competition.  

Deborah is the Founder and Director of Cobble Creek Studios.  
She has instructed painting privately and through workshop
opportunities throughout the country.  She began her teaching
experience in 1996, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts,
located in Pittsburgh, PA.  Through the years she has
instructed many areas of study, some of which are
Mural Design & Application, Perspective Drawing, Still Life,
Landscape, Portraiture and Figurative Painting.  At her home
studio, classes continue throughout the year, three sessions a
week.  The classes are created to train the student in strong
drawing skills by studying from the masters, receiving a
comprehensive color theory class and eventually studying from
life.  Workshop opportunities have been offered in Georgia,
West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.   Demonstrations are
scheduled several times a year  at public and private venues
nationally.  

Painting has always been a passion in her life, however her
love of friends and family nourishes her soul.   She enjoys
cooking and reading with a particular interest in art history.   
Deborah and her husband, Mark have raised two sons and
currently live in the Metro Atlanta area.    
Portfolio of Deborah Ankrom Kepes
The Portrait Society of
Atlanta, Folio Magazine
Member spotlight, 2008
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