Artist Statement

Deb’s eyes show her so many things in the world that need to be captured in a photograph, so that they can be looked at more closely, be appreciated, and cherished – so many beautiful, wonderful, interesting, and unusual things. It is these things that she points her camera lens at: wide, sweeping vistas; the smallest details in a flower; subtle patterns of light and shadow; intricate reflections on water. She invites you to see some of the things that have caught her eye, her heart, and her spirit, and have been captured by her camera. Her hope is that you will find these things as captivating as she has.

— Deb Ingebretsen

Eugene Dentist, Don Dexter Gallery, Deb Ingebretsen

Where do you find your inspiration?

I truly find inspiration everywhere! For me, the key is to quiet my mind and really see / feel / hear / smell / taste all that is around me. When I can do that, I am constantly amazed at what I find.

Favorite thing to do in or around Eugene…

I like to go hiking at various places in and around Eugene: the entire Ridgeline Trail system, Fern Ridge Reservoir and all of the wetlands between town and Fern Ridge. I also love to go to the coast, up the McKenzie River, and into Central Oregon.

Quote that inspires your creativity…

“When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously.”

“Reaching a ‘creative’ state of mind thru positive action is considered preferable to waiting for ‘inspiration’.”

—Minor White



Deb believes she’s been a photographer most of her life, starting when her parents gave her a Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic camera when she was around 9. She took photography courses in high school, where she was introduced to a SLR camera and the darkroom. From there, she photographed off-and-on, in between all the activities that fill a person’s life. In 1999, she began to rediscover her passion for photography, and in early 2005 she quit her job and move to Missoula, Montana for five months to attend Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s career training program.

Since then, she’s made photography, creativity, and artistic expression a priority in her life, and something that she wants to celebrate and share with others.