Shady Cove artist get inspiration from family's logging background



“Flower City”, by Debby Elder, she is one of the many artists at this year’s ArtWalk in Shady Cove.

Debby Elder, Shady Cove watercolorist, is best known for the paintings of people, places and things that have a history in logging, ranching, farming, mining or of a Native American theme.  Her fine art is painted with passion and enthusiasm from a life she has lived. Elder is a third generation family member of the logging industry.



Elder’s working knowledge of the logging industry came from time spent working with her father and brothers in the Roseburg area.  She and her husband, Russell, (who served as chair of the D9 board in 1978) started their own logging business in Eastern Oregon, then moved to California in 1985 for a temporary job that lasted until 2007.  During that time Elder worked side-by-side with her husband on the equipment while  caring for their combined family of 11 children.

In 2002, following recuperation from surgery, a friend suggested she  take a beginning watercolor class and that was the start of her artistic endeavors. Since then Elder has attended the Virginia City Art Center in Virginia City, Nevada for one week each of the last five years.  In addition, she has attended classes given by Dianne Stearns in her private studio.

While most of Elder’s paintings are of the logging industry in California, since shutting down and returning home last year, she is now focused on painting her memories of logging in Southern Oregon.

Elder is one of the many artists to be featured at the 4th annual Shady Cove River ArtWalk, Show & Sale Aug. 9, 10- 5 p.m. and 10, from 10- 4 p.m. It will be on the lower level, at the Rogue River RV Park.

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