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Deb Strain

Deb Strain started out on her career path as an art teacher, but in the early 90's left her teaching job to devote herself full-time to her artwork, family and stationery business, Saltbox Illustrations. Family, friends, home and garden serve as the inspiration and backdrop for Deb's vibrant paintings. Deb draws on her own life experiences - growing up in scenic ohio, visiting her grandparents' farm as a child, or enjoying the hummingbirds, bees, frogs and flowers that populate her garden - to create heartwarming snapshots of life in a simpler, calmer, gentler time. Collecting scraps of images from everyday life, she meticulously pieces these diverse ideas together into a coherent whole, using her canvas the way a master quilter uses bits of cloth from treasured keepsakes. Deb presently resides in Gettysburg, Ohio with her devoted husband, Scott, in the saltbox home that they built themselves, along with their three beloved children and a menagerie of cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, and the occasional wayward deer.
Designs by this artist:
Snowman and Birdies

Snowman and Birdies
Advent Tree

Advent Tree
Basket Quilt

Basket Quilt
Honey Hives

Honey Hives
Plant Kindness

Plant Kindness
Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee
Rooster

Rooster
Blinking Owl

Blinking Owl
Grandparent Calendar

Grandparent Calendar
Baked with Love

Baked with Love
School Days

School Days

Antiques and Sunflower

Memories and Candle
Quilted Scarf Snowman

Quilted Scarf Snowman
Cup O' Joe

Cup O' Joe
Coffee Classico

Coffee Classico
Café Latte

Café Latte
Coffee Cups

Coffee Cups
Peacock

Peacock
Jardin

Jardin
Nature

Nature
Coming Home

Coming Home
Winter Love

Winter Love
Winter Neighborhood

Winter Neighborhood
Hearts All Around

Hearts All Around
Pineapple and Bowl

Pineapple & Bowl
rooster

Rooster
Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs
Flowers and Nests

Flowers and Nests
coming home

Coming Home
memories

Memories
Gerbers

Gerbers
Tulips and Eggs

Tulips and Eggs
bee with flower

Bee with Flower
Beeskep

Beeskep
Go Green

Go Green
four eggs

Four Eggs
Cherish

Cherish
Remember

Remember
Poppy Garden

Poppy Garden
Poppies & Patterns

Poppies & Patterns
Poppies & Butterfly

Poppies & Butterfly
Poppy Harmony

Poppy Harmony
Peaceful Dove

Peaceful Dove
Peace Candles

Peace Candles
Peace Heart

Peace Heart
Tulips & Patterns

Tulips & Patterns
Tulips and Butterflies

Tulips & Butterflies
Vintage Tulips

Vintage Tulips
Vintage Tulip Basket

Vintage Tulip Basket
Vintage Hummingbird

Vintage Hummingbird
Happy Easter Eggs

Happy Easter Eggs
Patriotic Pail

Patriotic Pail
Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Thanksgiving Cornucopia
Patterned Shamrock

Patterned Shamrock
Romantic Rose

Romantic Rose
Vine & Butterfly

Vine & Butterfly
Blessings

Blessings
Swirls and Flowers

Swirls & Flowers
Polka Dots and Flowers

Polka Dots and Flowers
Valentine Collage

Valentine Collage
Hydrangea on Damask

Hydrangea on Damask
Catching Fireflies with Dad

Catching Fireflies with Dad
Saltbox Sympathy

Saltbox Sympathy
Going Fishing

Going Fishing
Sheep & Star

Sheep & Star
Love Holds Everything

Love Holds Everything
Celebration Pinwheels

Celebration Pinwheels
Fabulous Fall

Fabulous Fall
Candy Apples

Candy Apples
Mom's Favorite Room

Mom's Favorite Room
Catching Fireflies

Catching Fireflies
Witch's Feet

Witch's Feet
Love Sweet Love

Love Sweet Love
Pink Love

Pink Love
Ooh La La

Ooh La La
Girl Talk

Girl Talk
Butterflies

Butterflies
Dad's Barbeque

Dad's Barbeque
Valentine Wishes

Valentine Wishes
Sweet As Can Be

Sweet As Can Be
Confirmation Dove

Confirmation Dove
Tartan Golf

Tartan Golf
Simplify Banner

Simplify Banner
Apple Folk Art

Apple Folk Art
Sailboat with Whales

Sailboat with Whales
Twin Beeskeps

Twin Beeskeps
First Communion Chalice

First Communion Chalice
Berries & Baskets

Berries & Baskets