Press & Publicity


New art exhibit lets viewers experience wildlife, The Daily Sentinel, August 2017

The August exhibit at the Le Mars Arts Center, “Back to Nature,” will give visitors a feeling of looking wildlife in the eye. That’s the closeup feel one receives from the works of Deb Gengler-Coppler of Hubbard, Nebraska. Gengler-Coppler has 30 pieces of artwork on display, with most for sale.

“It’s really exciting, when all of a sudden you catch an animal in its habitat and see something others don’t see because you are there, capture an image on camera, bring it back and paint it.”  Click here for a PDF file of the article.


Local artist draws inspiration from nature, Star Times, August 2017

Deb Copple is known for her realistic artwork featuring wild animals, landscapes, and western scenes and by being able to work in her picturesque home studio in rural Hubbard, it's no wonder she is able to stay inspired. 

Her method for drawing is exploring in nature and finding a scene that inspires her. She then photographs it and when she goes home, she pulls the image up on her computer screen and begins drawing. From there, it's a delicate game deciding when the piece of art has reached the perfect amount of doneness. “Sometimes I can just step outside and find something I want to draw,” she said. Click here for a PDF file of the article.

"Art & Conservation," The Pastel Journal, October 2009

"When it comes to enthusiasm for nature and wildlife, artists are some of the most fervent champions—a passion that often translates not only into their visual art but into conservation efforts as well. Bring together 500 talented artists and see what kind of impact they can have on the world. That, in a nutshell, is the premise of Artists for Conservation."

"Deb Gengler-Copple’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 environments."  Click here for a PDF file of the article.

Capturing the Wild," Dakota County Star, October 22, 2009

"Ever since she was a child, Deb Gengler-Copple has had a fascination with nature. And that fascination has grown to a livlihood.

"'It's fascinating and fun and exciting when you see something in the wildlife...and be able to watch how they act, how they interact with each other and just their whole mannerisms."

"While many of her works center on animals, more of her most recent has dealt with landscape plein air painting. Also know as painting on location, plein air painting has been a challenge for her and for many artists with the constant movement of, well, nature." Click here for a PDF file of the article.


Siouxland Artist Wins Award for Pastel Wildlife Painting," Sioux City Journal, September 25, 2009

"Deb Gengler-Coppled recalled a moment in nature that led to an art award. 'I was photographing a grey wolf in West Yellowstone, Montana, when he turned and looked directly into the camera lens," she said. "His eyes, and the way he looked was an unexplainable experession. It was as if he had a story he wanted told. I will always remember that moment."  Click here for a PDF file of the article.