For Debora Thedinga, the pastime of painting serves not only as a means for deep relaxation, but as a noble and rewarding challenge for her artistic resolve. Inspired by the surroundings of her native New Jersey, Debora became intrigued with drawing and painting at an early age. She studied art at Glassboro State College, but life’s path and a growing family led her to a rewarding career as an educational sign language interpreter. Over the years, her sharp observation skills and talent for visual explanation played a key role in her ability to successfully provide American Sign Language/English interpretations for students and teachers.
In recent years, Debora has found time to further develop her skills as an artist, focusing on oil as her preferred medium. Whether painting indoors or on location (en plein air), Debora pushes herself to manipulate color, light, and space in a way that enables an expansive landscape to be viewed successfully through the small window of the canvas. This is a challenge that she has met with great enthusiasm, fervor, and skill as demonstrated by her rich, impressionistic paintings depicting familiar motifs of human design. From parks, farmhouses, and creeks, to man-made lakes, flower stands, and river crossings, each stroke of Debora’s brush comprises a world familiar to us all, but at the same time, a world all her own as seen through the window of the canvas. As she aptly states, “The creation of a mood that transports the viewer through this window and into the landscape is the ultimate reward”.
Debora’s work has been selected for numerous juried shows and exhibitions. Her awards include a Best in Show at the 2017 Cranford Paint Out in Cranford, NJ and an honorable mentions at the 2016 Pascack Tri-State Juried Exhibition and 2020 Medford Arts Great Outdoors Juried Exhibition. She is an active member of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, National Association of Women Artists, The Art League of the Chathams, and New Jersey Plein Air Painters.