About us

Debra Strong-Houston is a professional, gallery represented artist who began painting over 15 years ago. Painting is her passion, and she relies on gallery representation to promote and sell her work. As a Pacific Northwest artist her artwork draws inspiration from her beautiful surroundings and the people who inhabit them.

Recognizing the value of art galleries and the relationships they foster, Deb wanted to create an affordable and accessible online platform to help galleries effectively compete for online sales at a national level. She is dedicated to preserving the gallery experience and supporting continuous growth. She created artXibit to shine a light inside of galleries all across the US and showcase the magnificent artwork they represent.

Before becoming a full-time artist, Deb spent over ten years in sales where she met her husband Mike. Mike is a founding partner of Opti, a professional staffing and recruiting firm, currently celebrating over 20 years in business. As successful entrepreneurs, they believe in putting customers at the center of every decision they make, for the benefit of all. This effort has led to long-term success for their company, with over 80 employees operating seven offices, in three states. This core value resides at the foundation of the artXibit endeavor.