About The Artist

Debra Sindt

In the striking wildlife paintings of Colorado-based artist Debra Sindt, the first thing you will notice is the eyes. There, a compelling sense of the animal's individual personality and emotion is powerfully expressed. Then your gaze will be drawn to the creature's bearing and stance-its quiet alertness, its interaction with others of its kind. It all tells a story, set within the gorgeous hues and often soft-focus surroundings of the animal's natural world. Beyond this, the other story Debra's paintings invariably tell is of the artist's lifelong deep connection with-and intimate understanding of- the subjects she paints.

Raised on an Iowa farm, Debra remembers countless hours of wandering and exploring on horseback or foot, through pastures, woods, and creek-side trails, encountering and observing the many forms of wildlife she came across. By the time she was six a sketchpad was her constant companion, and plein air sketches became another means of learning about the creatures that shared her life. Frequently that sharing took the form of caring for orphaned or injured animals-among them, lambs, foals, kittens, baby raccoon, ducks, and geese. "There's hardly a childhood memory that doesn't involve caring for or drawing animals," she says.

In high school Debra took every art class available and found herself magnetically attracted to painting with oil paints. " From the first moment I brushed the oil paints onto the canvas," she recalls, "I knew I had found the perfect way to express my deep connection to this world I love." She immediately began receiving commissions and selling paintings and it was her desire to continue art studies in college. But as often happens, marriage, children and helping with the family business intervened, and it was years before she returned to art.

In 2000, the family settled in Colorado, providing Debra with access to the magnificent wildlife of the Rocky Mountain West. When her youngest child left home, her passion for painting returned to center stage. Workshops and studies continued with internationally recognized wildlife artists such as John and Suzie Seerrey-Lester, Jan Martin McGuire and John Banovich, as well as a mentorship with nationally recognized landscape artist Jay Moore. Working with such artists helped hone Debra's innate talent, and within a year her work was being juried into national shows. By the end of the second year she had received a Best of Show award and gained gallery representation, where her first paintings sold within weeks. "Once I started applying paint to canvas again," she recounts," "everything exploded. It was like deep inside of me I was and always had been a wildlife artist, and the moment that part of me saw an opening it broke free and reclaimed my life. All the images, smells, and emotions stored up in me all those years came pouring out on to the canvas."

Today Debra's home and studio in the mountain foothills are surrounded by aspens and pines and visited frequently by mule deer, elk, coyote, fox and occasionally moose. Within a 10 minute drive the artist can reach the habitat of bighorn sheep. While her first works on returning to painting reflected her childhood intimacy with animals through a focus on close-up wildlife portraits-especially capturing the animal's essence in it's eyes-recently Debra has begun incorporating more of the landscape into her art. In either case, her time at the easel is unequivocally joyous, her brush moving quickly and seemingly effortlessly across the canvas. "It never feels like work." she says. "It just pours out of my heart."

- Gussie Fauntleroy


Debra Lee Sindt Resume

Commercial Experience

1994-2000 Landscape architect for private and commercial entities throughout Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska



2012-2013 Witherspoon Academy of Fine Art

2014 Mentorship Program, Jay Moore

2014 Workshop with Jan Martin McGuire

2016 Workshop with John and Suzie Seerey-Lester Montana

2016 Workshop with John and Suzie Seerey-Lester Cortez, Colorado

2016 SKB Workshop with Jan Martin McGuire, Fredericksburg, Texas

2016 Workshop with John Banovich, Fredericksburg, Texas

2017 Workshop with Jan Martin McGuire


2012 Lines Into Shapes, Estes Park Colorado

2013 Cheyenne Frontier Days Spirit of the West Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY

2013 EAA Exhibition, Evergreen, CO; Awarded “Best of Show”

2013 “Featured Artist” Seven Arrow Gallery Woodland Park, CO

2013 Lines Into Shapes, Estes Park Colorado 

2014 “Featured Artist” Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Mile High Chapter 

2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days Spirit of the West Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY

2014 Lines Into Shapes, Estes Park Colorado

2015 Cheyenne Frontier Days Spirit of the West Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY

2016 “Honorable Mention” Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Premier Art Program

2016 Cheyenne Frontier Days Spirit of the West Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY

2018 "Featured Artist" Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Premier Art Program

2019 Invitational Equine Group Show, Santa Fe, NM 

2019 Southwest Art Artistic Excellence Finalist

2020 "Featured Artist" Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Premier Art Program

Representation 2014-2021

Manitou Galleries

123 West palace Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

Manitou Galleries

225 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM 87501



Oil Painters of America



The Artist


Print signing for "Featured Artist" for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 2018.

Debra signing the 500 RMEF Cabala edition giclee prints at Nocerino Editions Printing and Fine Art in Denver Colorado, July 29,2017