Local Art Shows

We are excited to announce that Ascension will be showcasing a new local artist each month. Artists will be displaying paintings and prints in the reception area and have art and cards for sale. Feel free to spend some time after your massage appointment enjoying art created by talented artists in the Des Moines and Normandy Park area!

About Debra Valpey, Artist, in my own words…

I began to experiment with painting back in the 70’s; I tried my hand at decorative tole (folk art) painting on bits of wood, metal and the like. Then I took a leap of faith and gave oil painting a try and I enjoyed some success.  A non-productive, artistically speaking, few decades followed where I worked as a schoolteacher, raised kids, and even did the laundry and cooking when necessary. 

At this stage in my life, painting is an act of faith that I can create a unique image of yet another image, or arrangement of images, be they from my imagination, a photograph or “mother nature” herself. Perhaps, in my case, it is something akin to giving birth. 

I love to paint wild animals, beloved pets, and beautiful places many of which include water. My mediums are watercolor, acrylic, and colored pencil. Mostly self taught, I enjoy occasional brush up classes at local community centers. I am also an active member of Artists United Club and display my work at various local venues. I hope you enjoy my recent efforts. I have much to learn and am finding the process entrancing and inspiring. 

If you would like to talk with me about painting your pet or some special place, please take my card and give me a call or a “click.” I hope to talk with you soon.

Debra Steckler Valpey


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