About Me

Well hello there! Where do I even I begin? Hmm, maybe I’ll start with a huge THANK YOU for visiting my artist website!

I sketched throughout high school and for a few years after while I was in college. However when the seriousness of life came knocking at my door, I decided to pack away my supplies and focus on a career instead.

Like many people do, I became a workaholic. My work became my life. Thankfully I was good at what I did. Over the years I saw success and was lucky to work with amazing people and forward thinking companies.

In April 2011, I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. The life I knew essentially came to a full stop. I spent the next 14 months going through and physically recovering from treatments.

There is so much emotion surrounding cancer. My specific journey forced me to reassess life. I know I am extremly fortunate. Over the last 7 years, I have changed my priorities. I no longer desire a career. I value a simpler life. Fortunately, I now work at a job that provides me ample space to focus on living. During the spring of 2014, on a whim, I joined the world’s first ever breast cancer dragon boat team, Abreast In A Boat. Can you believe I never played a team sport before! For the last two years I have had the pleasure of coaching our Up the Creek Vancouver team

At the end of December 2016, after a 20+ year hiatus, with the inspiration from two random friends , I decided to pick up a couple of old art supplies and give it another go. I was a recovering workaholic and now had time for hobbies. I am so grateful I did. I sketched my friend’s dog , Clive. With Maggie’s encouragement, I began doing pet portrait commission work. It’s been an amazing ride!

In 2019, I have decided to step away from dragon boating and focus mainly on my pet portraits and outrigger paddling with a competitive mixed team.

On the water is where I am at peace. It’s a beautiful form of meditation — even when racing! I feel this same sense of calm when I sketch. Both art and paddling allows me to slow down and to appreciate the moment

~ Deanna

My Personal Style: I revel in the details but at the same time my preference is for simplicity.

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NOTE: I have decided to donate 3% of my 2019 pet portrait revenue to Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA).

Last year, VOKRA introduced me to my sweet kid, Honu, Thank you. My life wouldn’t be the same without her.