Debbie Hearle has been painting for over thirty years. Classic sailing yachts are the subject of many of her signature works, as well as cityscapes of her beloved Boston and portraits of children frolicking on th beach. The artist's work is represented in over 3500 private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Debbie is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, the International Society of Marine Painters, and the Copley Society of Boston. The artist's work is included in the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She has exhibited work at the Hereshoff Maritime Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island, the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, the Cape Cod Cultural Center, and in national juried exhibitions at the Copley Society of Boston's 2010 Atlantic and Beyond show, the Salmagundi Club, NYC, the National Arts Club, NYC, the Hudson Vallery Art Association, and the Cape Cod Art Association. Debbie teaches oil painting and has studied with many master painters, including Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers, William Davis, and Sam Vokey.
In 1985 Debbie and her husband, Ron, established The Hearle Gallery, now celebrating it’s 27th year. She has had 27 one-woman exhibitions at the gallery. In addition, her work has been featured in numerous magazines including Cape Cod Life Magazine, Chatham Magazine, and Chatham Bars Magazine. Debbie’s work entitled, All that Jazz, was selected by the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Wequasset Inn to be featured in all Promotional Material for the Cape Cod Jazz Festival.
The artist grew up sailing off City Island on Long Island Sound and cruising with her family on ‘Dunlookin.’ The glee felt when sailing: feet dangling off the bow of a Crosby Cat, is embedded in her memory. The feeling of blissful freedom is never to be forgotten and is evident in her work today. Now living and working in Chatham, Debbie and Ron sail “Kui Ipo,” their Marshall Cat Boat, on Pleasant Bay and Nantucket Sound. Their son, Michael, at the helm of “Red Stripe,” the family chase boat, provides Debbie with the golden opportunity to attend classic races throughout New England to gather inspiration for her marine paintings. “When I’m painting, I’m sailing!,” says the artist. During the winter months the family sails in the British Virgin Island and Debbie paints.