Debra retired in 2013 from a happy 33 year career as a Vernon Public Schools Art teacher perfecting the art of teaching and finding time to do her own work durings weeknds and summer vacations. Not yet ready to stop, Debra was hired by Arts Center East to teach Acrylic Painitng classes to both children and adults. She was then recruited by the Kerri Gallery to lead an after school painting program as part of a grant for Middle School children, and then to lead monthly Fine Arts based Kerri UnCorked paint events. Debra Gag has been painting with watercolors and oils for over three decades, but only fully retired from teaching in November of 2016 in order to spend more time in her studio in Ashford, CT. Over the years Debra has been commissioned by several arts organizations to run critinques, do painting deomnstartions, and jury art shows. A founding member and present Chair of the Ashford Arts Council, Debra has been instrumental in planning events, creating high school scholarsips for Art and Music, and creating arts programming for people of all ages in her community. Debra has exhibited and had one-woman shows in several CT galleries, and has fulfilled portait commissions for private patrons. Her paintings are in private collections throughout the U.S. Inspired by nature, Debra's favorite quote is attributed to Vincent Van Gogh: "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."