About Deborah Secor

I'm a Christian, a Jesus follower. He gave His life away for the greatest reason possible: so everyone could understand that we can have eternal life. As a follower, I give my life away freely, too, though not like He did (since I'm obviously not God.) My firm belief is that...God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners....For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

A disciple becomes like the one she follows, and I think about the neatest way I can give my 'life' away is to share my artwork and my faith walk with anyone who wants to read the blog. What I have is freely given. Jesus said, "Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be." Heart follows treasure... My treasure is Jesus! 

I've been married to Dan Secor since 1986. I've learned immeasurably important lessons as a wife and mom, things that are of eternal merit, and I unabashedly state that I value my submissive (yes--the 's' word!) role as a wife, but I can only say that because Dan constantly follows Christ and "washes me by the water of the word." 

I began my art career in 1979 with a BA in Fine Arts from California State College, Bakersfield, and soon after began showing my landscapes in Old Town, Albuquerque. I permanently relocated to New Mexico in 1981, launching out to do art fairs and exhibitions, and showing my work in galleries throughout the southwest.

My choice to limit my work to soft pastels led to workshops with international pastelist Albert Handell, who became a mentor to me for some seven years, during which time I inaugurated
The Pastel Society of New Mexico, as well as beginning to teach adult students how to paint landscapes in pastels.

In 1999 when two friends, formerly students of mine, decided to produce a magazine,
The Pastel Journal, I joined the team as a writer, and continue to write for the current parent company, F+W Media. My articles and interviews may be seen there and in The Artist’s Magazine and Watercolor Artist, as well.

My paintings have been selected for inclusion in several books devoted to the pastel medium:
The Pastel Painter’s Solution Book; Pure Color: The Best of Pastel; Painting With Pastels, by Maggie Price.

Look for my free online book, published in blog form, Landscape Paintings in Pastel.

I have two video workshops available on DVD or streaming at Artists Network TV: Get Started in Pastels: Deborah Secor Paints the Landscape, and Painting Outdoor Shadows in Pastel with Deborah Secor. 


Currently I work almost entirely in gouache. I'm intrigued with this versatile and forgiving medium. Join us at WetCanvas in the monthly Gouache Corner thread found in the Watercolor Studio for more examples, information, details and fun!

I no longer offer my work for sale, as I enjoy painting for fun, not profit. However, I sometimes GIVE my little paintings away, when the Lord moves me to do it, just for the joy of giving. I like to look in the eyes of the people who receive them, as it blesses me to see their reaction to this simple act.