horse portrait deb hoeffner
The Workhorse - oil on linen
realistic pencil drawing deb hoeffner
In the Henhouse - graphite drawing
the corn is as high as an elephant's eye
An Elephant's Eye - oil on linen
American President Honest Abe Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Portrait - oil on linen

deb hoeffner

Soft Realism in paintings, drawings and illustrations

deb hoeffner is a professional artist and illustrator. She describes her unique style of “soft realism” as a layering of thought, paint and possibilities. Her work has been published in print, web, and advertising worldwide, including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Bugle, the journal of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Her Homeless Christ has appeared in books, magazines, churches, and homeless shelters from Key West to Australia.

deb’s portraits, whether of people or animals, are not just about capturing a likeness but rather finding the special spark that lives behind the eyes in pencil and paint. Her portrait of Grandfather Many Crows, a beloved local tribal leader, was printed as part of his last wish gift to reservations across the country and is now in the collection of the Native American Alliance of Bucks County. Her sensitive animal drawings have been featured in the book series Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and in Art Journey Animals, a best of animal artwork compendium published by North Light Books.

deb has illustrated and designed a number of children’s books including the award winning All You Want And Then Some, Lucky: The Tale of a Tree, and Forever Home: Tales of Four Lucky Dogs. Her latest children’s book Silent Swoop: An Owl, an Egg, and a Warm Pocket is the true story of a very special owl named Coal who lived at the World Bird Sanctuary after being rescued by it’s founder.

Moving to Doylestown from Northern New Jersey, her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many of the galleries and art exhibitions of this rich artistic area. Her studio in Doylestown is open to the public by appointment. She is available for portraits, commissions and commercial projects.