About Deb Copple

When it comes to enthusiasm for nature and wildlife, artists are some of the most fervent champions.  Deb Gengler-Copple has chosen oil and pastels to express her self artistically and to communicate a powerful connection with nature and wildlife.

Deb is from Hubbard, Nebraska, received a BA degree from Morningside College, Sioux City, IA and worked as a graphic artist, but her passion for painting wildlife has redirected her career and taken her to the national parks to photograph and view wildlife firsthand.  The artist is a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as Artists For Conservation and has won a number of awards, including an honorable mention in the International Pastel 100 Competition. She is also a three-time Nebraska Habitat Stamp winner and received first place from the Phippen Museum Western Art Show in Prescott AZ.  Her work helps support a number of wildlife causes, including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Wolf and Grizzly Center of West Yellowstone.  

Deb’s paintings of wolves portray a calm, unassailable strength or a quiet, forlorn loneliness.  Her big horn sheep denote power and movement. Her bison are formidable.  The immediacy and richness of her works derive, at least in part, from her ability to immerse herself completely in the natural world, closely observing every nuance about her subjects, their behaviors, and their movements. What is important to the artist is experiencing the animal, seeing how it interacts with others, and feeling the excitement of the opportunity to be there.

Although wildlife has always been an interest, it was horses that first lured Gengler-Copple into the realm of drawing and painting.  Drawing and painting horses, it turns out, was an excellent form of training because it focused her eye on anatomy. When painting or drawing deer, elk and sheep, Deb’s familiarity with the horse’s bone structure and musculature stands her in good stead.  
[Deb Gengler-Copple, PSA, AFC] Back in the studio Deb and her husband have made it a priority, to make the land around their Nebraskan home inviting to native wildlife.  Thanks to the hundreds of shrubs and trees they’ve planted, the area is a haven for regional and migrating bird species. The artist often observes pheasants, wild turkey, and deer as they come in to feed, which are added to her list of subjects to paint.





1971-1972 Bachelor of Fine Art,  Buena Vista College, Storm Lake Iowa
1973-1974 Bachelor of Fine Art,  Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa
Beartooth School of Art, Bozeman, Montana
2009 – 2013 Susan Karen Black Foundation


Studied With:
Robert Bateman
Greg Beecham
Lorenzo Chavez
Morten Solberg
John Banovich
Terry Issac
Paco Young
Albert Handel and Anita West
Ralph Oberg
Claudia Nice
Sheila Reiman
Julie Oriet
Mary Ann Cherry
John and Suzie Serrey-Lester
Scott Christensen
Julie Chapman




2017 Favorite Artist Great Plains Second Annual Art Show
2017-2nd Place Best of Show 2 Dim. Art, Artists of the Plains, Sioux Falls, SD
2013-Wildlife Award, SKB, Dubois, WY
2011-Honorable Mention, WRVAG National Art Show, Dubois, WY
2010-Artist of the Year, PottawattimiePheasants Forever,  Council Bluffs, IA
2009-Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal
2007-Best of Show, Celebrate the Hills Art Show, Moorhead IA
2007-Nebraska Loess Hills R C & D Artist of the Month
2006-Phippen Museum Western Art Show,  1st place, Prescott, AZ
2006-NebraskaHabitat Stamp Art
2006-Shoshone First Bank Award,  Annual Art Show CCAL, Cody, WY
2005-Pinnacle Bank of Cody Cash Award, CCAL Art Show, Cody, WY
2005-Teacher of the YearSioux City Art Center, Sioux City Iowa
2004-NebraskaHabitat Stamp Art
2004-Honorable Mention, Pastel, 41st Annual Art Show CCAL, Cody, WY
2004-The Peoples Educator of the Year, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
2002-Purchase Award, Museum of Nebraska Art, ANAC
2002-Award of Excellence, ANAC
2001-Honorable Mention, ANAC
1997-NebraskaHabitat Stamp Art




Cody County Art Gallery, Cody, WY
Occidental Historical Hotel, Buffalo, WY
Prairie Winds Art Center, Grand Island, NE




Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member
Mid America Pastel Society
Pastel Society of Colorado
Iowa Pastel Society
Pheasants Forever




Dr. Luis Lebredo, Ruth Rose, Sioux City, Iowa
James E.  Parkman, Founder of Susan K. Black Foundation
L Wulf, Pierre, South Dakota
Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska




The Platte River Art Show, Eugene Mahoney State Park, Ashland Nebraska
Prairie Winds Art Center, two person show, Grand Island, NE
Impact Kooser Show, Leid Gallery, Omaha Nebraska
Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Prescott Arizona
Nebraska Loess Hills R C & D,  Oakland, Nebraska, solo exhibition
Daily Grind, solo exhibition, Sioux City, Iowa
“As Rendered in Pastel” Juried Exhibition, CIAO Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming
Artist of the Plains Art Show, Sioux Falls South Dakota
Governor’s Art Show and Sale, Nebraskaland Days, North Platte, Nebraska
Cody Country Art League, group show, Cody, WY
Mari Sandoz High Plains Center, solo exhibition, Chadron College Chadron NE
Prairie Winds Art Center, two person show, Grand Island, NE
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Nature Calls Show, Sioux City, IA
OWL Wildlife Art Show, Kansas City, MI
Rockbrook Art Show, Omaha, NE
Watertown Wildlife Art Show, Watertown , SD




2012-Western Art Collector –State of the American Plains
2010-Pottawattamie Pheasants Banquet Cover Art
2009-Pastel Journal Magazine, October “Art and Conservation” by Tucker Coombe
2009-Pastel Journal Magazine, April, 10th Annual Pastel 100
2005-Nebraska Cattleman Magazine Cover Art
2005-The Outdoorsmen Magazine, “Artist of the Month” by John Green
1998-Nebraska Life Magazine cover art
1997-Nebraska Life Magazine cover art




2003-2014 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA
2015-Studio Worshop, Hubbard NE