Debra Reid Jenkins

Selected Works



Debra Reid Jenkins

Drawing inspiration from the waters and shoreline of Michigan, Debra Reid Jenkins has worked as a professional artist for over 40 years. She attended Kendall School of Design studying illustration then transferred to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids MI to study fine art.  Her work has been included in several museum exhibitions including the American Marine Society of Artists, Mystic Seaport International Exhibitions and published in International Artist Magazine Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes competitions 2011, 2014, and 2016, as well as an oil painting demonstration in the Feb/March 2019.  Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, other publications include Today’s Masters column in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, American Artist Art Masters, Artist magazine, Saugatuck Dunes, Grand Rapids Visions and Art of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Debra’s work is in private, corporate, and museum collections and she is represented by the Button Gallery in Douglas MI, Synchronicity Gallery in Glen Arbor MI, Main Branch Gallery in Grayling MI, the Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati OH, the Scott Bundy Gallery in Kennebunkport MA, and Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim WI.

She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Pastel Society of America, as well as an associate member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists and the Society of Gilders.


Debra Reid Jenkins, ASMA, PSA                                                      


  Kendall school of Design 1973-1975 Illustration

  Aquinas College 1975-1978, 1988, 1991 Fine Arts, Painting, Printmaking, and Art History

  Drawing Workshops with Nathan Goldstein 1983, 1989

  Portrait and Landscape Workshops with Larry Blovits P.S.A. 1985-1989

  Portrait Workshop with June Allard Berte' 1989


Shows and Awards:

 2018  OPA Salon Exhibition, Traverse City MI

 2017  Contemporary Marine Masters and Water Rain & Fog Alden B Dow Museum, Midland MI

 2017  Hudson Valley Art Association 84th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York NY

 2016   International Artist Magazine, Seascapes Rivers & Lakes

2016-2017 ASMA 17th National Exhibition

 2016   OPA Eastern Regional

 2016   ASMA North Regional Exhibition, Minnesota Marine Art Museum

 2015   ASMA 16th National Exhibition

 2014   Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters, Mystic Seaport Museum CT  

 2014   35th International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum CT

 2014   78th National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH

 2014   International Artist Magazine, Seascapes Rivers & Lakes

 2013   Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters, Mystic Seaport Museum CT  

 2013   Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City MI  

2012-2013 Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters, Mystic Seaport Museum CT 

 2013   34th International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum CT

 2012   33rd International Marine Art Exhibition, Mystic Seaport Museum CT

 2012   Group Show Button Petter Gallery, Douglas MI                       

 2011-2013 ASMA 15th National Exhibition

 2010   Between the Shining Seas,  Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Minnesota Maritime Museum

 2010   Signature Membership American Society of Marine Artists         

 2010  International Artist Magazine, Seascape 3rd Prize Winner

 2009   Illustration Exhibit Lowell Arts Council, MI

 2009   Saugatuck Dunes Alliance Exhibit, Saugatuck Arts Council, MI

 2007-2009 One person exhibits Button Petter Gallery, Douglas MI

 2007-2008 Listed in Who’s Who in American Art

 2005-2006 Exhibits with Michael Palmer, Button Gallery, Douglas MI

 2004   One person exhibit Hawthorn Gallery, Birmingham AL

 2003   One person exhibit Button Gallery, Douglas MI

 2001   Listed in Who’s Who in America 

 1999-2004 Annual exhibits Button Gallery

 1998   Pastel Society of America 26th Annual "Pastels Only"

 1998   West Michigan Regional, Lowell Michigan

 1998   Portrait Inspirations Rockport Publishing

 1998   Group Show Button Gallery, Douglas MI

 1997   Solo Exhibit Fredrick Meijer Botanical Gardens

 1996   Best of Oil Painting Rockport Pub.

 1995   American Artist Magazine Emerging Artist Award

 1994   Group Exhibit Perception Gallery

 1993   "Regional" Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI

 1992   East To West Perception Gallery

 1991   Five to Eight Perception Gallery

 1990   Pastel Portrait published in the Artists Magazine

 1989   6th Annual International Pastel Exhibition, Wichita KS.

 1989   Five State Pastel Competition Krasl Art Centre, St. Joseph MI

 1989   Finalist - Artists Magazine National Portrait Competition           

 1989   Elected Full Member of Pastel Society of America P.S.A.

 1988   "Regional" Krasl Art Centre, St. Joseph MI

 1984   "Face It" Exhibition of Portraiture, Grand Rapids Art Museum

 1983   "Regional" Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI

          Permanent Collection Purchase Award

 1983   Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham MI

 1982   "Regional" Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI    Shaw Walker Award



Selected Publications

   International Artist Magazine Oil Painting Demonstration Feb/March 2019 

   American Art Collector, Artist Focus April 2018

   International Artist Magazine Seascape Rivers & Lakes 2016   

   The 3288 Review, Autumn 2016

   International Artist Magazine Seascape Rivers & Lakes 2015

   Fine Art Connoisseur, Today’s Masters December 2014

   International Artist Magazine Seascape Rivers & Lakes 2014

   Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes 2013

   International Artist Magazine Seascape Competition 2010

   The Saugatuck Dunes, Saugatuck Coastal Alliance 2009

   Grand Rapids Visions 2008

   Who’s Who in Art 2008 - 2018

   Who’s Who in America 2001 - 2018

   Portrait Inspirations, Rockport Publishing 1998

   Best of Oil Painting, Rockport Publishing 1996

   American Artist Magazine Art Masters 1995

   Artist Magazine April 1990




    Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon MI

    Butterworth Hospital Helen Devos Women & Children's Center, Grand Rapids MI

    Steelcase Corporate Collection, Grand Rapids MI

    Burke E. Porter, Grand Rapids MI

    Armand Merizon, Caledonia MI

    Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids MI

    Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids MI

    Spectrum Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, Grand Rapids MI

    AmSouth Bank, Birmingham AL

    Richard DeVos Corporation, Grand Rapids MI

    Dick and Betsy DeVos, Ada MI

    Spring Lake Public Library, Spring Lake MI



Business/Work Experience:

   2003   Cover October issue Ladybug Magazine

   2002   July issue Ladybug Magazine

   2001   Cover April issue Ladybug Magazine

   2001   Illustrated “Glory”, Eerdmans Pub.

  1999   January issue Ladybug Magazine

  1999   Illustrated “Here Is Christmas”, Random House

  1998   January issue Ladybug Magazine

  1997   Illustrated “My Freedom Trip”, Boyds Mills Press

  1997   Fall issue Babybug Magazine

  1997   June issue Ladybug Magazine

  1996   October issue Ladybug Magazine

  1996   Illustrated "I See The Moon", Eerdmans Pub.

  1994   Illustrated book cover "That Wild Berries Should Grow" by Gloria Whelan

  1994   Artist in Residence Fransiscan Child Development Centre

  1993   Illustrated "I Wanted To Know All About God" by Virginia Kroll, Eerdmans Pub.

  1993   Illustrated Cover of "A Time to be Silent", Eerdmans Pub.

 1980-1990  Freelance Hand Decorator and "Signature" Collection Custom

               Color for LaBarge Mirrors of Holland Mi., specializing in18th-20th century Chinoiseries

  1989   Taught Pastel Landscape Workshop for Newago Cnty. Comm. Srv.

  1982   Taught Chinoiserie for Kendall School of Design, Furn. Div.     

1975-1980  Hekman Furniture & John Widdicomb Furniture Co.

               Managed Hand Decorating Dept., Designed Period Furniture

               Decorations in Chinoiserie, Gilding, Striping and Training



Gallery Representation: 

    Button Gallery, Douglas MI

    Main Branch Gallery, Grayling MI

    Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor MI

    Fine Line Designs Gallery, Sister Bay WI

    Scott Bundy Gallery, Kennebunkport ME

    Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati OH




Professional Organizations:

    Pastel Society of America

    Society of Gilders

    American Society of Marine Artists 

    American Portrait Society

    Oil Painters of America

    American Women Artists



Other Related Experience:

  Lectured on the "Making of a children's picture book" for Lake Michigan Academy Jan. 1995

  Lectured on Children's book illustration for Friends of the Library Grand Rapids Public Library 1994

  Lectured on Portraiture for "Mixed Bag" series at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Nov. 1983

  Conducted Workshop on Portraiture at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Nov. 1983