Deanna Hamsley

Tell us about you!

I mean - what do you want to know !? I am sure i could talk your ear off. I am a mixed media artist employing an experimental approach. Being self taught with little awareness or concern for the "rules," I find myself with a natural tendency to break them. I spend most of my time in the studio creating things that feel like the familiar world around us but are ambiguous, general, and abstracted. I love working with acrylic, ink, charcoal and pastels. Using different mediums allows for me to have more flexibility with concepts and design.

When I am not creating in the studio or building in the workshop along side my husband, I enjoy date nights, spending time with my children, traveling, and enjoying a yummy mimosa any time of day.

Can you tell us a little bit about your artwork?

I think my artwork is a great reflection of the movement of my life , love for nature, moods of the season and what music i am listening to. My emotions truly direct the outcome of a piece of art. This is why i choose to not paint on days that i dont feel it.

Can you tell us a little bit about the moment you realized you were an artist?

This is actually an interesting question - I am pretty sure this is something i am still trying to wrap my head around. Ive been painting for 9 years and working full time in an art capacity for 8 years. Im still trying to find myself.

How did you learn your necessary skills?

Painting seemed to just happen. It has taken time to develop certain habits that I have in my art , but i am ever evolving. It just takes hours of creating in the studio and working with many different elements in art.

Are there specific opportunities or challenges that focused your career?

Theres always challenges and i am sure they will continue to be a part of my journey. I take most all opportunities that speak to me and my style of art. I just move in the directions that i am being pushed in.