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Painting in realistic terms

Sweet Home artist reflects on a lifetime of exploration via canvas


November 9, 2022

Benny Westcott

Sweet Home native and longtime resident Deb Cooley stands with some of her paintings currently featured in an exhibit at Sweet Home City Hall.

Deb Cooley may describe her painting style as realistic, and most viewers would probably attest to that quality in her work. But for Cooley herself, that's not necessarily the most important thing.

"I tell people I can teach anyone to draw something," she said. "It's all how you perceive it. When most people paint or draw or whatever, they think they have to be always realistic. That's not what art is about. Art is about how you feel."

And from portraits to nature scenes to wild animals to pets, the Sweet Home native has a lot of feelings to share in her art exhibit, currently on display...

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