Daily Sunrise Journal
Debbie is currently documenting the Kansas sunrise from January through December
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Debbie Wagner is an artist who lives in Bennington, Kansas. She paints every day, often working on a series of themed
subjects. One of her most important series is her sunrise paintings. Debbie has been painting the sunrise daily since
December of 2005.
The disruption of her eyesight and the subsequent discovery of two brain tumors in 2002 resulted in parallel surgeries to
remove the pear sized meningiomas. As Debbie recuperated, she realized there were internal changes and limitations
she would have to accept. The abilities to multi-task, read novels, write fluently, use mathematics, and sleep through
the night were restricted. However, her visionary acuity increased several fold, similar to the sensitive touch a sighted
person develops when he/she goes blind. Debbie began a journey into her art, a place she was able to find sanction
and release from the mental challenges that plague her.
One morning in December of 2005, the sunrise was so intense and colorful that an overwhelming feeling of good
fortune--the chance to rise up and enjoy one more day--made Debbie wish she could somehow record the blessing she
felt. That’s when she decided to try painting the sunrise. Upon completion, she realized the painting said everything
she was feeling, and thus began her daily journal of recording the sunrise and the colors of the morning.
After many months word spread, and Bergen’s Studio and Gallery in Salina asked her to hang a sunrise show. Debbie
had not thought about selling her sunrises, but the exhibition and the resulting commissions demonstrated how much
meaning many of us attach to a sunrise or sunset.
It is amazing how much a person learns when she is persistent in an activity. Debbie is currently documenting another
year of sunrises, and in retrospect, there has been so much for her to learn about the physical aspects of the sky:
colors, seasonal changes, timing. But perhaps the evolution of the intangible aspects has been the most rewarding.
Every morning is different. The reactions of others to a special date such as a funeral, anniversary, or birth shows how
eternity is revealed in a sunrise. Our most important events are tied with our reaction to the weather, and we pray for
that incredibly beautiful morning for our weddings and special days. The morning sky represents the beauty of life and
It is always interesting to see the appeal of different sunrises. Each one of us has an ideal in our mind of the glory of
the sky. For some, it’s a stormy sky--for others, it is the strong colors. Still others are drawn to the tranquility of a serene
sky. For Debbie, the chance to wake up one more morning and celebrate a brand new sky, one she couldn’t have
imagined, is an incredible way to commence her day as a recipient of God’s grace.