Born and raised in the Bluegrass countryside of Lexington, Kentucky, Debbie Graviss grew up surrounded by horse farms and animals. Encouraged by her parents, she developed an interest in art early in her childhood, continuously drawing the horses and pets that were all around her.
Graviss attended the University of Kentucky earning a BA in Interior Design and years later earned her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a major in graphic design and a minor in illustration.
Graviss and her husband, Joe, have called Versailles, Kentucky home for eighteen years and live in the country in with their two dogs, three cats and a plethora of wildlife on their own little piece of paradise in Woodford County.
When Graviss began studying oil painting she discovered her love of the pastel medium. Graviss pursues her art career full time, creating paintings of domestic and farm animals, equines, landscapes, cityscapes, interiors and still life. She is especially recognized for her ability to capture the spirit and personality of the animals she paints.
Works by this artisan can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.