Artist Profile: Debbie Mueller

Cape Cod Art  /  ART Annual 2022 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

Shadow Dancing • Oil on panel • 36" x 48" What could be better than starting a whole new life after you have already lived much of a completely happy and fulfilling one? Debbie Mueller can speak to how wonderful embarking on a brand, new journey can be. The doctor of obstetrics and gynecology was visiting her parents in Florida in 2016, when the weather and options for entertainment were less than enticing. “My mother, who loved art as a hobby, said, ‘I have this paint set, let’s paint,’” Mueller recalls. “At the end, I thought, ‘This was so much fun, and if I’m honest, I didn’t do too badly.’” Given the quality of art Mueller is creating, it seems impossible that was only six years ago, and even more stupefying, that she had never discovered her talent before. “When I got home from that trip, I bought some paint, and I started to copy photos and it became clear how much I didn’t know,” she explains. “I bought the 48-color set of acrylics because I wanted to be able to make every color I could. I had no idea you mix your own colors. I couldn’t draw. I literally was starting at zero.” Mueller quickly understood that the people who have painted for a long time have drawn for a long time. The surgeon keenly understood the idea of practice and repetition was a path to accomplishment.  Outermost • Oil on panel • 24" x 36" She started taking classes, avidly follows online artistic communities, and now plans her free time enrolling in workshops, seminars or sessions. And her vacation and leisure time revolve around plein air painting often with her patient husband along for the adventure. Mueller lives in New Hampshire where she raised her family, and built…

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Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.