Deborah Redden, a lifetime resident of the Jersey shore and an avid sailor, paints on location—the boats, lighthouses, and scenes that have shaped her life and create constant challenges for her. Over time, she has changed from a traditional approach in painting to a freer, more abstract style. She works to capture the emotion of the scene in a spontaneous burst of color and brush work that results in a unique expression of artistic energy.
Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Art from Pratt Institute, NY, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Monmouth University, NJ. She was on the faculty at Monmouth University as Professor of Methods of Teaching Elementary & Secondary Art for 18 years and exhibited each year in the Faculty Exhibition. In 1999, she was recognized for her contribution to the arts by Senate Majority Leader John O. Bennett. For 25 years, she taught art in area elementary and secondary schools. Most recently she was a full-time fine arts teacher at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, retiring from there in June 2004.
Currently, Debbie is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, and an Exhibiting Member. She paints with the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast and has had several solo and group shows locally. She is also an Associate Member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Garden State Watercolor Society. As a juried entrant, she exhibits annually at the Monmouth Festival of Art, Tinton Falls, and other regional shows. Her work is in many private collections around the United States.
“Painting is my passion. My intent is to infuse that energy and emotion into my work. Events of my life have led me into teaching and I’ve found that each student as well as each painting offers a new challenge, a new blank page, and an opportunity to not only help students develop artistically but to re-examine my own work. As an artist, I’m constantly changing and growing. It’s exciting and addictive. The journey never ends.”