Debbie Cusick

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Consulting
Occupation Systems Programmer
Location Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Introduction Art has been one of my passions since childhood. I drew and painted as a child, and at the age of 11 I won an art scholarship - a year of free lessons at the Montclair Art Museum. But I never quite found my niche until I discovered pastels. The rich vibrant colors of pastels have captured my heart and imagination. I now paint as much as I can. For the last few years I have taken lessons from Master Pastelists Alex Piccirillo and Christina Debarry. In my 'day job' I was a senior systems programmer on a large consulting contract, and supported CICS/TS and MQSeries software - at least until the Indians took over my job,in June 2010. My other serious avocation is studying human nutrition and the optimal diet for the best health - a never-ending quest. I also enjoy nature, bird watching, choral singing and reading. I have a grown son and a darling grandson as well. I served as 2nd Vice President and Exhibitions Chair of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, but in 2011 moved to NE Florida. I now serve as Recording Secretary of the Art Guild of Orange Park, Secretary of the First Coast Pastel Society, and Treasurer of the St. Johns Audubon chapter.
Interests Painting, Drawing, Music, Reading, Birdwatching, Nature, Dogs and Cats, Human nutrition.
Favorite Movies Star Wars (original trilogy), The Princess Bride, Shakespeare in Love, Witness
Favorite Music almost anything by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi
Favorite Books The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, anything by Agatha Christie, the Lord Peter novels of Dorothy L. Sayers, 'Good Calaories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes, 'Nourishing Traditions' by Sally Fallon.