Debbi Smith Rourke, founder of Artful Galleries, is a fine artist working in oil and pastel, and a marketing professional with 30 years of experience in the visual arts. It was this combination of her love of all things art, her expertise in online marketing, and her dedication to her community that inspired her to create Artful Galleries.
Debbi is a native Texan and has always been inspired by the beauty of nature, from the verdant Texas Hill Country to the shores of South Padre Island. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in advertising. Debbi trained in school for an entry-level art director position, which combined her love of art with the creative flair of advertising. However, after interviewing in Chicago for art director positions, she was hired as a writer. “Thus, began the yin and yang of my creative efforts – writing and drawing / painting. I love it all,” says Rourke.
Count on Debbi’s eye for selecting highly successful works by emerging and established artists to provide you with a range of artwork styles that are continually updated. “I hope my viewers are drawn to the vibrancy that inspires me and that my works bring continuous joy and newfound interest over time,” remarks Rourke.
Beginning in August, when you purchase a piece of art from Artful Galleries’ Houston Collection, simply select Music Doing Good at checkout for the 14% community donation. Artists’ retail prices are the same here as they are in other galleries.