I’m a painter, illustrator, artrepreneur & creativity kickstarter.
I’ve been rebelling against the 9-5 grind since 2008, tenaciously carving my own creative path and changing my world one brushstroke at a time.
I believe that creativity is at the core of who we are as humans, and that each person as unique talents and abilities that should be explored and nurtured.
For the past 10 years I've been exploring my own creative potential through painting, illustrating, making and writing.
My art is bright, happy, illustrative and always inspired by nature. In my work, my love and appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us in the natural world is intrinsically intertwined with my passion for colour and creativity. The magic happens when I’m able to capture the essence of nature, and the wonderment of the world around me on my canvas or page.
I often slip off into daydreams – usually to the countryside where I spent my childhood.. to rolling green hills, dotted with trees, where the sweet scent of wildflowers fills the air. There are birds darting in and out of the vine covered fences, and a rocky trail leads to a stream of sparkling fresh water. There are gardens with rows of vegetables, herbs, and fruit trees laden with blossoms. The gentle hum of bees fills the air.
My world is colourful, and I like to bring a playful spirit to a blank page, but I’m also in an ongoing struggle with my inner perfectionist which sometimes creates an awkward tension as I paint. I am learning to quieten my mind and let go of the fear, surrendering to the creative process with more ease.
I’m passionate about inspiring others to explore their creativity, and giving them the tips and tools they need to unlock their creative potential!
In 2017 I founded Deanna Maree Creative Studio, and began teaching painting through online classes, sharing my own insights into the creative process and helping my students embrace imperfection and get that paint flowing!