Featured Artist Déborah Cassolis

Enjoy the exquisite portfolio of artist Déborah Cassolis, whose realistic oil paintings bring her subjects to life. See more by visiting her website.


oil painting of an oriole in a palm tree

“An Oriole Graces a King Palm” oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″ x 2″


I was raised in a small town in Canada where both sides of my family had talented relatives in the arts. It was inevitable that I would inherit the passion to create. At the age of nine, my mother entered me for a Call to Artists. Sadly, they sent it back, not believing a 9-year-old could have painted so well.


painting of an agave plant

“Agave in the Sun” oil on canvas, 48” x 36” x 1”


As I recall my childhood days, even in elementary school my art teachers noticed that my techniques for light and shadows were exceptional. My teachers often kept my art, or it was switched or stolen. As discouraging as it was, it did not stop me from creating art. In college, my art teachers often made me do two paintings per class because I was fast and good, so I slowed down.


oil painting of a bird in a palm tree

“Elegant Trogon Spotted in a Washingtonia Robusta” oil on wood, 16″ x 20″ x 1″


Life put some delays in my progress to be a practicing artist. Having been told it was better to have a career with a real job, it led me to be a salesperson for technology. I had a couple of small opportunities to do artwork for the companies I was with.


oil painting of a palm tree with airplane

“Arecaceae Air” oil on canvas, 22” x 28” x 2”


I moved from one side of Canada to the other after marrying my husband, then moved to Arizona. I decided to go back to school, change my career path and pursue my passion as an artist, acquiring degrees in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts. It was the best decision I ever made for myself.


detailed oil painting of a palm tree

“Asumbui Jua (Morning Sun)” oil on canvas, 48″ x 30″ x 2″


It was also a mile marker for finding what inspired me to paint, which is palm trees. My art instructors had us do many plein air paintings. As I am not a fan of cacti, and since thankfully we have enough palm trees for me to reference, I eventually became a palm tree artist. Years have gone by and I’ve enjoyed painting palms since then. I do not see it ending anytime soon.


oil painting of a flycatcher in a palm tree

“Vermillion Flycatcher in a Dactylifera” wood panel, 24″ x 24″ x 2′


The other thing I like to do when I find something to paint, before I put my brush to the canvas, is to find out about the type of palm trees or subjects that I am painting. Where are they from? How do they feel to touch? Since palms are not trees but related to the grass family, it basically makes me sort of a grass hugger.


oil painting of a camel and palm tree

“Jamaal among the Washingtonia Fileferas” oil on canvas, 48” x 30” x 2”


I don’t paint palms for just the aesthetics. They all have character, and are a habitat for many animals, insects or amphibians. In recent paintings I’ve included birds and ladybugs and even a camel. When I paint I am in my element, a zone that can last for many hours. It feels as though it was only 15 minutes, yet the actual time would be eight hours or more.


painting of a hummingbird in a palm tree

“Hummingbird in a Queen Palm” oil on wood, 28″ x 22″ x 2″


I am just chuffed about my exhibitions being in college galleries, local galleries, out of state galleries, and online galleries. My work has been in prestigious exhibits at the Mexican Consulate and even the Vatican Halls in Rome, Italy along with a few Italian Palace art exhibits. My art appears in over seven published books, articles and magazines.


painting of a young palm tree

“Baby Palm” oil on canvas, 36″ x 30″ x 2″


My goal is to achieve a solo show in places like Hawaii, Florida or even other countries where patrons may appreciate my tropical palm trees.



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  1. Bonnie Roripaugh says

    Deborah Cassolis is an amazing artist. I feel so privileged to know her personally and see her work first hand.
    She has a wealth of talent and I can’t wait to see her next creation.

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