Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mt. Bonnell Triptych #DebbiSmithRourke #LakeAustin

Mt. Bonnell Triptych
Oil on canvas - Three 20"x20" works
Painted gallery-wrapped edges

I painted this about 2.5 years ago and never posted it. After getting a new headboard, I needed new artwork. So, I painted the view as if we had a window over the bed and no house next door. :-) Living near Lake Austin has it's perks as you can see it out the adjacent window. This image depicts the morning view with the light not quite yet over the trees as they are still in shadow. And I removed buildings to keep it pastoral. The white trim indicates a window frame. Not sure that reads as such but still makes a nice border. Could be a frame. Anyway, I love it and it really makes the room. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Stargate 36x36 #DebbiSmithRourke #geometricart

© 2019 Debbi Smith Rourke

Stargate 36"x 36"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas with painted 1.5" edges
$3100 unframed + sh/h

I recently completed this colorful piece after being intrigued by the many geometric paintings I've seen as of late. Creating depth on both the x and y axis become the goal. 
I call it Stargate because it reminds me of a crystalline diamond and thus, with a lot of imagination, could be a stargate in the heavens. wink wink. :-)

Snowmass Summer Summit #snowmass #DebbiSmithRourke

© 2017 Debbi Smith Rourke

Snowmass Summer Summit 11"x14"
Oil on canvas panel
$425 unframed + sh/h

I painted this last year after a trip in the summer of 2018 to Snowmass Village, Colorado. We did a lot of hiking and were enchanted by the sights and abundant natural wonders. This summit was quite windy and dry, yet an evergreen was still growing out of this rocky surface. I hope to paint many more works from this trip. 

Go Orange and White #DSRartwork #stilllife

© Debbi Smith Rourke 2013 

Orange and White 8" x 10"
Oil on canvas panel

This is an oldie but a goodie. I painted this back in 2013 after UT beat OU in college football. As of late, that has been a huge challenge. So re-celebrating an old win and bringing back to mind one of my fav still life paintings. I love the thick paint applied with the palette knife. Creates a nice painterly effect. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fort Davis Church #DebbiSmithRourke #contemporaryart

© 2017 Debbi Smith Rourke

Fort Davis Church 12"x12"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$400 unframed + sh/h

ing in my simplified landscape series of Texas highway and byway scenes. I snap pics on our trips and find cool subjects and compositions. And then I push the color. All fun and games. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Texas Farmland ©DSR 2017 #DebbiSmithRourke #contemporaryart

© 2017 Debbi Smith Rourke
Texas Farmland 36"x48"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$4000 unframed
Available via

I painted this from a pic I took on our way back from South Texas -- no idea where beyond being south of Bastrop and north of the King Ranch. Big area I know, but this is reminiscent of many country road scenes. Stylistically, this is leaning into my abstracted landscape territory, influenced by California artists like Raimond Staprans, Diebenkorn and Sandy Ostrau (check her out!). So look for more in this vein. #abstractedlandscape #contemporarylandscape #Texaslandscape #contemporaryfineart #oilpainting #AustinFineArtist

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Big Bend Stop #contemporaryart

© 2017 DSRourke
Bid Bend Stop 11"x14"
Oil on canvas panel
$525 framed + sh/h
Contact me for purchase 

I snapped a pic of this little house while in Big Bend National Park in West Texas. If you haven't been, the park is a must see. This little house was on our last stop for snacks and gas before hiking Santa Elena Canyon, a truly beautiful spot.  

Stylistically, I'm continuing to simplify my landscapes and explore color and contrast, similar to California artists like Diebenkorn, Raimond Staprans and dear friends (also California artists) Sandy Ostrau and Nancy Boyton Hartley. Love how Raimond and Sandy edit their landscapes down to the basic shapes and paint in layers. Look for more like this from me. #austinartist #DebbiSmithRourke #AustinFineArt #Texaslandscapes #BigBendNationalPark #WestTexasArt #WestTexasAttitude #laststopbeforeSantaElenaCanyon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sunning Solo #DebbiSmithRourke #BeachSeries

© 2017 DSRouke
Sunning Solo 10"x10" 
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$275 + sh/h
Available on 

This is part of my beach series of paintings. Love the umbrellas as always and this solitary umbrella on an open, quiet beach spoke to me. Missing my beach. Will need to go soon.  #contemporaryart #beachseries #oilpaintings

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Umbrella Party #DebbiSmithRourke #beachseries

 © 2017 Debbi Smith Rourke
Umbrella Party 10"x10"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$275 unframed + sh/h
Available on 

A fun 10"x10" from my series of beach paintings. I'm always drawn to umbrellas -- the way they catch and reflect the light, show the battering winds, cast strong shadows and shelter beach lovers. Here they are having fun all on their own. #contemporaryart #Austinfineartist #SouthPadrepainting #oilpainting #blueumbrellas

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Glacier Bay #GlacierBayart #DebbiSmithRourke

© 2017 Debbi Smith Rourke
Glacier Bay 10"x10"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

My husband and I recently took a trip to Alaska, including a 3-day land tour and 7-day cruise. One of our cruise days was spent in the glorious Glacier Bay National Park - a water park! We saw two amazing glaciers and other remarkable sights. This was inspired by an image I took near South Marble Island. Think this is part of the north end of South Marble Island but can't be positive. These colors inspired me to use my swirly, thick-paint palette knife technique. Each locale inspires me in different ways. Stay tuned for more great images inspired by my land and sea trips. #Alaskafineart #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #Texasartist #AustinFineArtist #oilpainting #paletteknifepainting

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Parade of Palms #ParadeofPalms #DebbiSmithRourke

© Debbi Smith Rourke 2017
Parade of Palms 12"x16"
Oil on canvas panel
$525 unframed / $625 framed 
Available via

More layered work inspired by my trips to South Padre Island. Enjoying the electric colors. #inspiredbySPadreIsland #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #Texasart

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Tectonics #DebbiSmithRourke #Tectonicspainting

© Debbi Smith Rourke 2015
 Tectonics 24"x24" 
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$1050 + sh/h
Available on 
So sorry for not posting for so long! I have been painting, just not posting. Here's one from a while ago. Been exploring various abstract directions. Whatcha think? I'll do more of these but for now look for images from my trips to South Padre, Big Bend, Alaska and a few from my Texas road trips. More to come!! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Water Cruise ©DSR #boatpainting #DebbiSmithRourke

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Water Cruise
6"x 6" acrylic on panel 
$150 unframed / $225 framed + sh/h
Contact me for purchase

Cute little guy, isn't he? These small works are fun and challenging in their own right. Minimal information goes a long way, so has to be accurate and deliberate. Think I'll do more of these. All good!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Island Colors ©DSR #DebbiSmithRourke #beachseries #oilpaintings

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Island Colors 8"x8" 
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$210 + sh/h
Available on

This abstract is part of my beach series as it contains all the colors from my beach series palette. Love the warm muted greens and rusty colors against the light and airy sky colors. Yummy. Looking for it's forever home. ;-)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monterey ©2016 DSR #debbismithrourke #beachseries

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Monterey 8"x 10" 
Oil on canvas panel
$350 framed + sh/h
Collect via

I recently updated this little guy with a new sky color and think it really livens it up. I painted this from I pic I took in Monterey, CA a few years ago. All good!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Sunset Palm ©2016 DSR #beachpaintings #contemporaryart

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Sunset Palm 24"x24"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
Available via

Have so enjoyed painting my beach series. I took some inspiring pics this summer on South Padre Island, and I have a bunch from my trip to the Mayan Riviera. I try to capture the evocative spirit of these exotic regions so we can remember the magic right here at home. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Boat Ride ©2016 DSR #beachpaintings #contemporaryart

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Boat Ride 11"x14"
Oil on canvas panel

One more in my beach series that will be on exhibit Nov. 4  - 30 at Old Bakery and Emporium Gallery located at 10th and Congress in Austin. Hope you'll swing by the exhibit, especially next Friday evening for our artists' reception - Nov. 4 from 5 - 7 PM. Our Lens and Brush exhibit will also feature works from Christine Gilbert, Bill Oakey and Jack Marshall. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Umbrella Time ©2016 DSR #beachpaintings #DebbiSmithRourke

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Umbrella Time  30"x 40"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
$3000 + sh/h
Available on
So excited our annual exhibit at Old Bakery and Emporium is right around the corner. I'll be exhibiting my beach series which is a joy to paint as it takes me to my favorite places. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hay Bales Triptych ©2016 #DebbiSmithRourkeArt

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
Hay Bale Triptych 12"x36"
Oil on 3 gallery-wrapped canvas

Finished this triptych a month ago and finally posting. Was a gift for Jillian our daughter-in-law. I love hay bales and plan to paint a bunch more, after my beach series. I love the beach and our farm lands. I am Texan after all.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Hill Country Colors / Energy & Stillness Exhibit / Santa Cruz #Contemporaryart

©2015 Debbi Smith Rourke
 Hill Country Colors  16"x16"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
Was accepted in Energy and Stillness National Abstract Exhibit
$625.00 + sh/h
Available via
I'm excited to announce that I will be part of a national abstract exhibit in Santa Cruz, CA entitled "Energy and Stillness," juried by John Maxon. If you are in the area, hope you will attend. The opening reception (which I will unfortunately miss) is Saturday Oct. 29, 3-5pm. The exhibit extends from Oct. 22 to Nov. 13. See the full exhibit here! So pleased this 16"x16" gem was accepted.

The Welcoming ©DSR #Beachscene #DebbiSmithRourke

©2016 Debbi Smith Rourke
The Welcoming 30"x40"
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

#18 on West Austin Studio Tour #WEST

©2015 Debbi Smith Rourke 
 Moraine Lake 24"x24" 
Oil on gallery-wrapped canvas

Come see me this weekend at Austin Art Space. I'm #18 on the WEST tour and will be at the gallery THIS weekend only - while my artwork will be there both weekends. Austin Art Space: 7739 Northcross Drive, Suite Q.

I'll be at Due West, the Big Medium fund raiser, this Friday night at Dougherty Art Center. I'll have one work in the group show. Hope to see you there too!
"After the Storm" ©2015 DSR 

"Canyon Lake" @ 2015 DSR 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pierre Bonnard Exhibit, SFO

Me at Bonnard exhibit 

Nancy, Alina and me

Had a fabulous time in San Francisco last month visiting my talented and beautiful artist friend Nancy Boyton Hartley and husband Brian, seeing the sights, meeting with the charming Alina of Alina B and seeing the fabulous Pierre Bonnard exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum. They wined and dined me to no end!! Here are a few highlights. 

I'll also be a part of WEST - the West Austin Studio Tour starting this weekend. More detail to come on that shortly so stay tuned!!

Nancy and Brian