Debra Grogan

Debra Grogan

Art has been a life-long passion and learning experience for Debra Grogan. A self-taught artist with no formal education in the arts, she experimented with different mediums of expressive art forms, from papier-mâché to stained glass and ceramics, before she discovered her true love for painting. Ending a 15-year professional career in nursing, Debra went on to pursue her dreams of a career in the arts. A favorite George Eliot quote of Debra's, "It is never too late to be what you might have been," is the impetus for her ever-evolving life.

Debra draws her inspiration from nature, the world around her, and her personal sanctuary, her garden. "The colors and textures in my garden invigorate my artistic senses. Spring with all its promise, and Fall with all its richness in color, are my favorite seasons." Although she considers folk art her first love and most notable style, she has enjoyed the progression to watercolor floral and textile designs, for which she is known today. Debra now designs full time from her busy studio, Debra Grogan Designs. Over the past decade, she has designed an impressive portfolio of products for leading home and garden wholesale manufacturers including, Sunset Vista Designs Company, Carson Home Accents, Frames Plus Inc., Kay Dee Designs, The Galway Company, and Oklahoma Embroidery.

An experienced quilter herself, Debra jumped at the opportunity to create fabric collections for RJR. Her love of design and color made her a natural fit. Debra shares, "I enjoy the challenge of putting together unique color combinations and interesting patterns that can be mixed and matched to create playful, vibrant quilts. I truly hope my fellow quilters enjoy creating projects with my lines, as much as I have enjoyed creating them!"

Debra resides in Michigan with her husband, Brian, dogs Daisy and Chester, and cat Biscuit. Although her dog Henry, and cats, Taffy and Oreo, are no longer with her, their faces grace the canvases of much of her artwork. She credits her continued success to her husband, family and friends who encourage, love and support her. Her grandchildren, Nolan and Emmy, inspire her every day. "It's hard to believe some days how ridiculously blessed I am!"







Debra Grogan