Meet Our Artists

We are a small team of talented artists with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to hearing from you.

Gary Biel

Acrylic Artist/Owner of Trails End Gallery

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Garys’ art is inspired by the people, culture and landscapes of the desert Southwest. His art captured the attention of his high school art instructor, and he was offered a college art scholarship, which he declined to pursue a more “practical” career. Years later, Gary spent several years in Europe, living in Paris, Amsterdam, and Torremolinos, Spain.
Inspired by the people and architecture, he supported himself by selling pen and ink drawings. He spent the last few months of his tour as a working pirate aboard a recreation of a Spanish galleon, The Everi.

In a storm, the Everi took on water and sank just offshore of Cartagena, Spain. Gary returned home and took over the reins of the Allied Enterprises Inc.then a family construction business, and transformed it into a successful landscaping design and maintenance company, which is still thriving after 30 years. Recently, Gary has dedicated himself to his art, with a mind to make up for the years of more “practical” pursuits. On a good day you will find Gary in his art loft, making up for lost time.If you are curious about his adventures, contact him.

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Robert Highsmith

Watercolor and Acrylic Artist

“I have always been interested in painting, ever since I was a child. I remember getting into my first art show in 2nd or 3rd grade with a watercolor of an eagle sweeping down on a rabbit. In high school I was in the Art Club, this was in East Anchorage High, in Alaska. My teacher, Carl Appel, got a couple of my watercolors in a show in Canada at that time. I was thrilled. After a couple thousand other painting, I still have the interest. 
“I was an “army brat” growing up. We moved 35 times in my first 18 years. We were stationed in the southwest on more than one occasion. When our family moved back “home” to Las Cruces, NM, from Alaska, I attended New Mexico State University. After one year at NMSU, I decided to attend an art school.  I told my favorite teacher, Mr. Barrick, that I wanted to become a commercial artist, and make $35,000 a year. He said I would not be happy doing that, but because I was smarter than my teacher, I left anyway. My first assignment in the Commercial Program at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida was a poster entitled “Its Pumpkin Time”. That is when I switched to the Fine Arts program, and had some of the best years of my getting educated life. Several years later after graduating, I went back to my teacher and told him he was right. I had to, because he was.

Penny Simpson

Watercolor and Acrylic Artist

I’m a New Mexican artist that doesn’t do much traditional “southwestern” art. I work primarily in watercolors and acrylics and I’m a signature member of the New Mexico Water Color Society. I’ve been lucky enough to win quite few awards in art shows both locally and nationally. I painted a Trail of the Painted Pony, “Apple-oosa” that was reproduced as ceramic collectable miniature (now retired). I most enjoy doing pieces of art that are pretty bold, very realistic and full of light.

Debi Partridge

Water color and Acrylic Artist

The art of Debi Partridge is a product of her adventurous spirit, combined with her passion to express. She has been referred to as an artist who paints her world story. She finds inspiration from many cultures of the world, as in her travels to all corners of the world. An important part of Debi’s life is her love for sharing her talents and artistic abilities with others. She has led more than 46 humanitarian projects in third world settings and war zones. Often she uses art outreach for therapy to traumatized young people and women. Just recently, Debi had two major art projects in Afghanistan. Accepting the invitation and challenge to become the first American woman to introduce the concept of of art to a country where art was prohibited under Taliban rule.Debi’s preferred medium is watercolor and acrylic. Her work can be found among private and public collections around the world. She also teaches art and workshops and loves to lecture about her experiences in war zones.  Contact her for more information or to see additional paintings.

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