September 7: EarthTones Aspire Gallery

EarthTones, 1319 Park St., celebrates with a demonstration and exhibit by Debbi Swanson from August 31st to September 30, 2013. Join Debbi for a reception and demonstration on September 7th for First Saturdays: Wine and the Arts. 5:00-8:00 p.m in downtown Paso Robles.

"Rising Feminine" Debbie Swanson

“Rising Feminine”
Debbi K. Swanson Patrick

Debbi K. Swanson Patrick is an award-winning photographer and writer with a background in journalism, theatre reviewing, advertising, public relations, yoga, and nonprofit management.

She’s worked for design leaders like Saul Bass, modeled for the renowned artist Fritz Willis, and worked with/interviewed/reviewed celebrities of every description for magazines, newspapers and the web. But her first loves were art (at 6 making Barbie hats out of hospital medicine cups and mosaic rock), cameras, typewriters, anything to do with paper, and spectacularly visual movies.

After spending many years with a camera, she has embraced the art of assemblage and still life with the digital arts in recent years to create hyper-real and surreal digital still-lifes, aka Telling Images ( She creates these both as her own fine art pieces as well as by commission using found, natural, and man-made objects with personal trinkets. There’s nothing more exciting than finding exotic insects or other critters (that have passed naturally) to use in a piece. On her desk right now is a beetle and huge fly awaiting their immortality in digital beauty. In her freezer, a lizard.

With family in Paso Robles, she’s here so often she joined the Paso Robles Art Association and joyfully participated in the Festival of the Arts this year. She’s also a member of the Angeles Crest Art Guild and Virgin Valley Art Association.

As a member of the Professional Photographers of California and Los Angeles, she won a merit award for her work “Optimism” in 2012. Her photos and more than 2,000 articles have appeared in magazines, books, newspapers, and on the web.

When not holding a camera or creating a digital still-lifes, Debbi practices and occasionally teaches Kundalini yoga (her spiritual name is Guru Simran Kaur), walks with her Labrador Kirby, travels, and participates in community groups.

Awards include:

Grand and First prizes, Caltech art show

Merit Award, Professional Photographers of Los Angeles

Second prize, Shore to Vine Art Show, Vina Robles Winery, 2012.

Best feature story, Life After 50, Missouri School of Journalism.

Nominated as a Jewel of Pasadena/Woman of Distinction in 2011. Featured in the Pasadena Star News December 2010.

With a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal State Northridge, she continues lifelong learning in art, photography and all that darn tech stuff.

You can view her Telling Images at,