Debra Henry Hewitt, the lovely Southern artist behind DHH Designs, still shakes her head when asked about the popularity of her art. Pointing upward, her answer is always the same. “It’s God. He gets ALL the glory.”
Never having had an art lesson in her life, Debra will assure you that every piece of art created in her basement workroom is divinely inspired. Since the day she painted her first piece, Debra hasn’t slowed down. From new stores asking to carry her designs to customers inquiring about commissioned pieces, DHH designs is carving a niche in the realm of Southern art.
A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Debra grew up surrounded by lovely homes filled with antiques and art which developed in her an appreciation for beautiful things and the sentiment attached to them. As a young girl, Debra watched her mother, a self-taught artist, paint and express her style on canvas. Today, Debra is doing the same. She is now 10 years into her own journey of expressing her faith through art.
From crosses to angels to church steeples and more, Debra’s art evokes a sense of serenity and faith. Store owners have told Debra that some customers will stand, bibles in hand, and look up the verses inscribed on the back of various pieces of her art. This, according to Debra, is the reason she loves what she does – for the meaning behind the art and the blessing that she hopes to impart to each person who owns a piece.
Debra is a firm believer in blessing others through the proceeds of her work. Through the JH Ranch Giving Tree and several other ministries, Debra loves giving back and being a blessing to others. In fact, she is quick to point out that DHH Designs isn’t a job; it is a ministry. Debra’s motivation and ultimate goal can be summed up in the phrase “blessed to be a blessing.”
To view a gallery of DHH Designs or to contact Debra for commissioned work, you can visit her website, debrahewitt.com.
DHH Designs is available by commission or in the following stores:
Birmingham, Alabama: Lambs’ Ears and The Blue Willow
Mobile, Alabama: Five Gold Monkeys- Lyn Lyle Designs; Antiques at the Loop~Lyn Lyle Designs
Demopolis, Alabama: Perfect Touch Home
Natchez, Mississippi: A Gallerie
Decatur, Alabama: Chelden’s
Knoxville, Tennessee: Perpendicular Designs located in Southern Market
Collierville, Tennessee: Brooks Collection
Lebanon, Tennessee: Cox’s Gifts
Ridgeland, Mississippi: Southern Accents
Canton, Mississippi: Noble Watts Jewelers
Forest, Mississippi: Oak-A Southern Experience
Destin, Florida: Smith Antiques_ Fleurish 30A
Belleair Bluffs, Florida: Petal & Vine
Atlanta, Georgia: The Dogwood Shop~Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Somerset, Kentucky: Waits Hill