About Me

I grew up thinking if you didn’t know how to draw, then you couldn’t possibly be an artist. (And guess what - I couldn’t draw). But over the last few years, I’ve been rethinking what it is to be creative, to be an artist. And lately, I've been obsessively rethinking the idea. 24/7 rethinking. Like, I can hardly sleep at night because there are just so many possibilities....

On a hot and humid day nine years ago, I married myself an Oregonian and together, we have two amazing (bright, independent, incorrigible, beautiful...) kiddos. These three bring me more joy than I ever imagined possible. And we all share the good life in the middle of nowhere (rural southern Minnesota), just the way we like it.

When I don't have my camera in hand, I have a fabulous full-time gig that keeps me focused and engaged (and also keeps me making a drop-off at the bank twice a month, which is vitally important at this stage of my journey!)

More? I love to make long to-do lists - and even better, I love to cross things off my lists. I am an unapologetic coffee drinker (hot with lots of milk and iced with lots of sugar!) I love to garden and be outside and plan crazy-fun parties and adventures for my dear ones. And I love family stories. The ones from a century ago, and the ones from a week ago.

Yes, I am the first to admit just how awfully lucky I am. Right now. This minute. So lucky in fact, that I even get to reach for something more....

I’d like to say that I'm a photographer, but - well - I still struggle with "owning" that title. At least for now. But, the really exciting thing is that I feel like I'm getting closer. For now, I do know what kind of photographs that I love..... The ones that sing to me. The ones that radiate who people really are and what they really love. The ones that make me gasp, because they offer a glimpse into something beautiful and true. And, I know how I feel when I see these photos - - connected, moved, overwhelmed, captivated, lifted....

I can finally say that I know where I want to go. What I am working towards. I know the kind of photographer I am becoming. It’s taken all of these years, but I’m ready to claim "artist" for myself (a non-drawing, picture-taking sort of artist!)

Above all, I am so very grateful. For all of it. Everyday.


Contact me (Debra Pexa) at pexacox@bevcomm.net. I'd love to hear from you!