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Randy Cox

Randy Cox was born in Gainesville, Texas, just 7 miles from the Red River and Indian Territory where his Cherokee great-grandmother settled a few years after the "Trail of Tears".

Having grown up in the oil patch, Randy's first sculptures were cowboys and indians fashioned from the red clay his father brought home from the drilling sites.

He attended Cooke County Junior College, Plano University, and North Texas State University, finally receiving an honorary degree from Dallas Baptist College.

He and his wife, painter Deborah Bell, owned and operated Touch of Texas Gallery in Carrollton, Texas, for many years until deciding to devote more time to personal art and travel.

Currently, Randy maintains a private bronze foundry and studio at his home in North Texas. His bronze sculptures have appeared in galleries and shows throughout the Southwest as he continues to use the challenge of sculpture to explore and regain the Native American heritage denied by circumstance of history.

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Deborah Bell

Deborah began her art education by enrolling in a home study course for Art Instruction Schools as a young mother at age 16. By the time she was 20, with a degree in Commercial Art, she was a full time professional artist.

Old timers around Dallas remember her as the "Portrait Lady." Turning more toward fine art, and dating back to when women artists were a hard sell, she became D. Bell.

For many years, she and her husband owned and operated "Touch of Texas", a fine art gallery, in Carrollton, Texas. Deborah remembers, laughingly now, how some clients would get excited at the paintings and ask, "Who is this artist, D. Bell?", only to be disappointed to discover they had been done by a female clerk.

In the mid-eighties, Debbi and her husband, sculptor, Randy Cox, closed their gallery to devote more time to travel and their art.

Debbi's work has appeared in such shows as Mountain Oyster Club and Phippen Museum shows in Arizona, the Classic in New Mexico, Prairie Skies and Rough Rider shows in North Dakota, Nebraskaland Days, Fort Robinson, and River City Roundup, in Nebraska, Midwest Gathering in Missouri, Douglas and Old West Museum in Wyoming, and numerous other shows in Colorado, Florida, Canada, Illinois and other places.

She has won awards and recognition nationally and internationally.  One of her originals, "The Loner" was  selected to be reproduced as a Christmas card by the National Wildlife Federation to be included in their 2003 and 2004 Holiday catalog.

"I still paint portraits," Deborah says, "...portraits of the Earth. I like to explore the relationship of man, animals, and the environment in which they exist."

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