Caribbean Art From Belize
Being raised and spending 25 years living in Hawaii, Debbie Coopers heart has always been somewhere on a tropical Island.
Graduating from High School in Honolulu,she then moved to Maui for 18 yrs, where she graduated from College with a degree in Art and Photography. She went on to be an award winning photographer specializing in old Hawaiiana. She produced a line of greeting cards in authentic Hawaiian verse which were introduced at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.
In 1990 she left Hawaii with her two small sons to relocate in Whitefish Mt. Although she was within miles of Glacier National Park, incredibly beautiful , this was to Debbie like being a fish out of water.
She met her husband Bruce in 1998, soon after they started taking vacations to Belize. First for a week, then two. After several years they were spending half the year in Belize.
One day while enjoying the Caribbean Sea, having a discussion about actually fullfilling their dream of moving to Caye Caulker, Bruce suggested Debbie come up with somthing to do to make a living in Belize. She started paintind the Garifuna women of the area and the rest is history.
Debbie has been very succesful in her new homeland. Her art is carried all over the country and in many exclusive resorts. She has illistrated several childrens books on the culture of the Caribbean and has been published by Winn Devon Art Group in Seattle Washington.
You can find Debbie and Bruce most days in their home just north of the airstrip on the airstrip rd on the small island of Caye Caulker. Look for the sign on the road that says COOPERS ART as they have opened it up to the public. You can stop by the Studio and buy some art or just to chat.
Debbie has now returned to where her heart has always been. Somwhere on a tropical island.