About Debra Zelenak

I haven't always been an artist but have always loved art.  I consider myself a bit of a nomad after moving several times as a child and spending twenty-five years in the Air Force/Air Force Reserves.  After retiring in 2007 I  began pursuing my love of art full time.  I've always loved the outdoors, particularly the mountainous west so when it came time to put down permanent roots I chose Lander, Wyoming.  Here I can enjoy many of my favorite pastimes - bicycling, hiking, camping and fishing.  Somewhere in all my travels, I fell in love with the art of decoys.  I wanted to try woodcarving and got the opportunity to take my first carving class in 1998.  I loved it!  My favorite point of the carving process is when the subject of my carving emerges from the material I'm working with and begins to take on it's own unique personality.