I am Debra Styer (Debbie), and I am freelance artist and illustrator. I was born in a tiny town of Dudley,  Massachusetts and ran off to the big city as soon as I could. I was lucky to attend Massachusetts College of Art where I earned my BFA in Illustration.

After graduating, I did a cross country trip with a bunch of friends and I fell in love with the city San Francisco. So I packed my bags and moved across the country where I have been living ever since. 

My paintings are inspired by my deep love of history, literature dark folk tales and ghosts stories. The stranger the tale the better. Drawing people has always inspired me and I love the learning about the way people live be it real life or imaginary.

I fell in love with watercolor paints after years of experimenting with scratch board, oils and acrylics and and haven't turned back. I am pretty old school with my artwork and hand paint and draw everything. There is nothing better than the feeling of a brush in your hand.

I founded Bluehour Studio in 2010 (later to become Debra Styer Illustration). I love painting amazing historical figures such as artists, writers as well as a few scoundrels.

I live in the Mission District in San Francisco with my sign painting husband, Damon and our two black cats, Poe and Sinjin.



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My Etsy Shop (bluehour studio)