Before Debra Joy Groesser got into painting full time, she was in real estate.
It’s not like it was her first choice. Art was always her number one.
But she took a detour into that industry to help her then-husband, who had a building company, sell his homes.
And so her art was put on the back burner.
During that time, she missed art and painting terribly, so, to remind herself she was an artist first…
She used the password “artist” to log in to her computer (she doesn’t use it now, by the way).
So every time she logged in, she was reminding herself that the real estate job was just temporary, and that she was really an artist.
Little did she know that simple password, and the act of constantly reminding herself who she wanted to be, would change the entire trajectory of her future!
One day, she decided to call it a day in real estate and pursue art full time…
Fast-forward to today...
The Nebraska artist is now best-known for her impressionistic landscape paintings — particularly her plein air work.
She went even further...
Not only is Debra Joy the CEO and president of the American Impressionist Society...
She’s also a Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists Colorado, a Signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and American Plains Artists, and an elected artist member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Her work has been featured in several national art publications, including Art of the West (March 2018), American Art Collector (May 2010), Southwest Art, and a feature article in PleinAir Magazine (November 2014).
She was a finalist in Southwest Art Magazine’s 2012 Artistic Excellence competition, and was a faculty member for the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2020 Plein Air Conventions.
On top of all that, she owns her own gallery in her hometown of Ralston, Nebraska, where she’s also the “First Lady”!
(Her husband, Don, serves as mayor of the city, 24 years and counting!)
Wow. I’m telling you, she’s definitely one to watch for!
And guess what?
Debra Joy is sharing all of the painting insights and wisdom she’s learned throughout her journey in a brand new course called: