Debra Benditz is a fine art painter working in oil. Her work celebrates the feminine form in all its beauty and luminous color. On the bookshelf in her studio rests a photograph of her grandmother AEola Huston Mitchell standing by a horse. Both AEola and her mother, Debra’s great grandmother, Jennie Pawson, were award-winning horsewomen.
Debra’s latest body of work Cowgirls was inspired by these women and Debra’s passion for Americana, 19th century history and the zest for life that runs from those two women through Debra’s life today.
Debra holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in studio art from Texas Christian University. She was twice selected to participate in the Hungarian Multicultural Center Artist Residency in Budapest, Hungary. She was the artist chosen by the San Antonio Historic Conservation Society in 2013 to create the painting for the poster “Night in Old San Antonio.” In 2006, she won dry media honor from the DeSoto Art League Competition in DeSoto, Texas.
Her wanderlust has taken her around the world to climb the pyramids of Mexico, pet California Gray Whales in Baja Mexico, lead a dog-sled team in Canada, and indulge her passions for the cities of Vienna, Prague, Paris and Budapest.
Debra’s love of learning led to a stint in culinary school and studies in interior design in Scotland, anatomy for artists in Budapest and art in Paris, Brussels and Trier, Germany. She’s known for her legendary dinner parties and her mouth-watering white chocolate, cherry bread pudding.
Before becoming a fulltime artist, Debra worked as a culinary consultant, CEO and antique rose aficionado and then reinvented herself as a painter of lush and vibrant works inspired by nature and her cowgirl ancestors.
In 1989, Glamour magazine named Debra one of the top ten working women in America. At 26 years old, she had launched her own business, supplying pipe to the oil and gas industry, and it was flourishing. A year after winning that award, the muse called and she sold her business and hit the road.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and is treasured by many private and corporate collections. Born in Ohio, her family roots reach to Germany, England and Eastern Europe. A long-time resident of Texas, Debra thrives on the boldness of her adopted state especially the can-do attitude of the cowgirl spirit.