Deanna received her BFA from Emporia State University in the southeastern part of Kansas now known the world over for its Flint Hills National Grasslands Park. She worked at Hallmark Cards as an illustrator after graduation, being inspired by the use of brilliant, creative color. From 1982 to the present she has enjoyed being represented in a solo show and many group shows. An award winning artist, she has taught artists of all ages to overcome their limitations and stretch into their own style. Her current work features acrylic landscapes using color to evoke feeling. Her work is held privately locally and nationally. Her work is represented by local galleries as well as at the Art Academy of San Diego.