DEBBIE KALT SISSON
About the Artist

After graduating from Parkersburg South High School and Marshall University, I began my teaching career in 1978. I taught at Spencer Junior High, South Point Junior High, Ripley Middle, and began at Ripley High School in January, 2000.

I am a member of:

  • WVEA since 1978
  • Allied Artists since October 21, 2005
  • Juried member of Tamarack since 2007
  • Artists Register at the Division of Culture and History in Charleston, WV since May, 2007. Renewed registration in April, 2010.
  • Juried member of West Virginia Watercolor Society since August, 2008. Achieved Signature Status, November, 2010.
  • Member of the Board of Directors at Jackson General Hospital from March 2011-2014.
  • Member of the Trustees for Calvary United Methodist Church

I have displayed at:

  • Black Walnut Festival at various times winning Best of Show, 1st and 2nd place ribbons during different years.
  • Frankenberger Gallery along with Allied Artists at the University of Charleston from May 15-August 18, 2006 and again in 2009, 2010 and 2012
  • Tamarack in 2007 for the first time
  • Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. I was requested to donate a piece of work to their permanent collection to represent Jackson County in February, 2007.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Sorority meeting in Charleston May, 2008.
  • Parkersburg Art Center in the 07, 08, 09, and 12 Regional shows. I also had a solo exhibit featuring 54 pieces of framed work titled, “The Way I See It”. The show opened June 12, 2008 and continued until September, 2008.
  • Parkersburg Art Center’s 1st professional Biennial Juried Exhibition “The River”, summer, 2014. Painting “Mid Day at Dolly Sods” accepted and sold
  • WV virtual art gallery included 2 pieces of my work on August 28, 2008.
  • Battle Days Art Show in Point Pleasant in October, 2008, winning 2nd and 3rd place in watercolor and drawing and in October, 2009, winning three 1st place ribbons in watercolor, oil, and acrylic
  • DNR WV Wildlife calendar. I received an Honorable Mention in the 2007 calendar and had a painting featured in the 2009 calendar.
  • Work is also featured on the Allied Artists of WV web site.
  • Participated in an exhibit in Princeton with Allied Artists in 2009. Juried into watercolor show at the Chuck Mathena Center, June 2011
  • 2014 - 6 pieces accepted to display with Allied Artists at Dr. Patton’s office.
  • Juried into the “25 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE” West Virginia Watercolor Society’s 25th Anniversary Show. Part of a traveling exhibit that spanned the Mountain State and was viewed from June 2009 until Feb. 2010. Sold the entered painting to John Bolton of New York.
  • Tamarack-June 19,2009-August 8, 2009. Juried into the “The Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibit 2009” with a prismacolor drawing. Continue to be a part of this show in June-Aug of 2010 and 2011.
  • Quarry Manor exhibit, June 26,2009.
  • Solo exhibit at WesBanco in Parkersburg during the month of July, 2009.
  • Parkersburg Art Center-“Splash” exhibition featured 2 pieces of art and sold an acrylic of geese on a lake in August, 2009
  • Won Grand Champion at the Black Walnut Festival for an acrylic painting in October, 2009 and 2012.
  • Continue to show selected pieces at the Art Emporium in Charleston.
  • Art Gawk in Huntington and Charleston. Display of 3 pieces of work in windows downtown, October, 2009.
  • WVWS - All 3 of my entries into the “Festival of Colors” WVWS 2010 Juried Exhibition held in Huntington at Gallery 842 were accepted. The show ran from June 11-July 28, 2010. Won $100 Merit Award for the MU painting.
  • Culture Center in Charleston, WV-Landscapes of WV Juried Exhibit, June-July, 2010. Entered “Hawk’s Nest” and “Dolly Sods”. Both accepted and sold.
  • Art Gawk, 2010 in Charleston.
  • WV Art and Craft Guild 8th Biennial Traveling Juried Exhibit. Entered and accepted
    Culture Center Buildings of WV, 2011. Accepted “MU Window Reflections”.
  • Best of WV at Tamarack, 2011
  • WVWS Aqueous 2011 at Chuck Mathena Center. Won Award of Excellence
  • WVWS Aqueous 2014 at Wheeling Artisan Center. accepted
  • Cultural Center Wildlife of WV, 2011. Accepted 1 watercolor
  • Cultural Center Portraits of famous WV figures. Accepted Robert Byrd and Jennifer Garner, 2011-12
  • Gallery 842 Juried Exhibition 2012- accepted 2 paintings
  • Allied Artists of WV 68th Juried Exhibition 2012-accepted
  • 8th Juried Art & Craft Guild Competition 2012-13-accepted 2 paintings
    Miniture show- work under 20x20 at Art Emporium- “Jennifer Gardner”, “Old Mill”, and “Henry Street Home”
  • Chuck Mathena Center- solo exhibit of 45 of my paintings and drawings from June 17, 2013 until July 19, 2013. The majority of the work featured a WV theme in honor of the 150th birthday of WV.
  • Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery in Beckley- Juried Exhibition 2014, 3 entries, all accepted for the show

The importance of family is a high priority for me. I am married to Steve Sisson, a self-employed draftsman, formerly of St. Albans and I am the mother of two. Jay is a Social Studies teacher at Pt. Pleasant High School. His wife, Elizabeth, is a Spanish teacher at Huntington High and my daughter Stephanie is a student at Marshall University studying to be a teacher as well.

I continue to be involved in my community, school and church having donated art work to each. I find the quiet lifestyle afforded to living in a rural area to be inspirational to my work. Teaching provides the incentive to continue working in art though time is as always an issue.

In October, 2014, I had the honor of being selected to produce a 5’ acrylic painting commemorating a visit by Henry “The Fonz” Winkler to Jackson County which was in turn donated to the Community Foundation.

Artist's Statement

"Since college, I have been visually inspired by angles, patterns, and shadows found in architecture. While attending Marshall University, my eyes were always on the large, old homes of Huntington. Their size, repetitive patterns, and long shadows always captured my attention. I found the transition from hard, crisp edges to soft flowing lines to be fascinating. I continue to enjoy the shallow linear perspective achieved through close up views. Add pattern, repetition, value, and contrast to the mix and my attention is held.

"After the loss of several family members, I began including their images in many pieces. I also began solitary walks, finding images in nature to incorporate in my work. As my work continues to grow and change, I look forward to the future."

Parkersburg, WV
debbiesisson[-at-]suddenlink.net