Family, friends, animals, and nature are Debbie Claussen's inspiration; dancing and music define her painting process. Since childhood, animals and people were her favorite subjects. She particularly enjoys bringing animals to life, emphasizing the subject's personality.
Over thirty years ago, she began with the difficult medium of porcelain painting and learned the techniques by rendering flowers. She has exhibited her porcelain pieces in museum shows around the country. About twenty years ago she began adding watercolor, oil, and encaustic painting to her repertoire. Each medium has its own uniqueness and the way it impacts the final concept of the painting.
Her paintings are collected internationally and have been exhibited in numerous shows and museums, receiving many awards. She has also published articles in the Artist's Magazine, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Gazette, the East Bay Monthly, and Sacramento Magazine.
For the past fifteen years, she has taught porcelain and watercolor painting. She is an AKC sporting dog judge, and raises Golden Retrievers in Placerville, CA.