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Debra Nadelhoffer


I have loved color and creating since I was a child. Rainy days spent inside coloring or painting were my favorite activities. Not much has changed, a rainy day remains an invitation to turn on some beautiful music and create at the easel. I paint both Plein Air and in the studio feeling that each enhances the other. I continue to try new ideas and procedures to create my paintings. I like to stretch and try things using different mediums and tools, taking a different direction. Teaching workshops and classes pushes me to work harder and share more with my students. Most recently I have been accepted into OPA National 2024 and Eastern Regional Exhibition in 2023, the AIS National in 2023 and 2022, was awarded Seascape Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America 2021 National Juried Exhibition , 18th National American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) Exhibition travelling to 5 museums from March 2020-March 2021, the 2021 Eastern Regional OPA Exhibition, the 2019 Eastern Regional OPA exhibition in Birmingham AL, the 19th Annual American Impressionists Society (AIS) Exhibition. I am Signature Member of AIS and ASMA. My paintings have been included in the 27th National Oil Painters of America Exhibition, American Society of Marine Artists Invitational at Principle Gallery, my painting The Crossing won the Best Building in a Landscape award in the June/July 2017 PleinAir Salon competition, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2017, American Impressionists Society Small Works Show 2016, and I am one of Pastel Journals December 2016 issue, 10 Artists to Watch. I have had paintings accepted into OPA 2016 Salon, ASMA Seventeenth National, the Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Pastel Society 17th International, American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition, WPSE Fifth Annual Exhibition 2016, American Society of Marine Artists Regional and National, the American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition and one into Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL in October. I participated in Olmstead Plein Air Paintout in Atlanta, GA 2016, the 2015 Door County Plein Air Festival, was an exhibiting artist at Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) in Charleston, SC in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and Plein Air Richmond and Callaway Gardens Paintouts. I think we all have a bucket list and one of the things on my list was to be an Artist in Residence (AIR) in Acadia National Park. I was awarded the AIR in 2012 and painted in the park for 2 weeks that fall. I taught weekly classes at Chastain Art Center in Atlanta GA for 14 years and conduct my own workshops a few times a year locally and along the coast. Currently I teach at Abernathy Arts Center in Atlanta Ga, I am represented by Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, GA, River Gallery Chattanooga, TN, and Mackinacs Little Gallery on Mackinac Island, Michigan. If you are interested in my work or would like to take a workshop, please contact me at 770-887-8877, or email at My website is and you can follow me on facebook, instagram and my blog. Resume provided upon request.