Debie Deaton was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Debie enrolled in her first art class at 8 years old. She studied color and design at Hinds Jr. College and went on to study drawing at Millsaps College in Jackson. In 1986 she married and moved to Dallas, Texas where she studied oil painting with Dr. Julius Zohars. Since moving to Little Rock in 1989, she has attended various classes at the Arkansas Art Center Museum School and workshops with MaryAnn Stafford and Carole Katchen. She currently teaches art at Central Arkansas Christian School’s Pleasant Valley campus and is a member of the Arkansas League of Artists.