Hello! I'm Deanna. I was born in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Illustration, I moved to Philadelphia and eventually taught at the University of the Arts. I've since returned back to Baltimore and am currently a professor in the Illustration Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

I've been a professional Illustrator for over 10 years. My spare time gets exhaused reading books, watching movies, flipping through fashion magazines, and playing with my two sons and husband.

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Clients include:

Atlanta Magazine, American Way (American Airlines In-flight Magazine), Architectural Review, Baltimore Magazine, Blackbook Magazine, Business 2.0, Cole + Weber United, Delaware Today, The Folio Society, How Design Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Paper Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Runner's World, Slate.com, Scientific American, The Progressive, The University of Maryland, Time Out New York

Books I've illustrated:

What Katy Did (2010), published by Folio Society

A Circle in the Fire and Other Stories (2013), published by Folio Society

Persuasion (2016), published by Folio Society


American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators West, Communication Art's "Fresh List" and The Altpick Awards. My illustration and sketchbook work have also been featured in several books: Illustration Now!, Vol.1 (Taschen, 2006), Illustration Now! Portraits (2011), Illustration Now! Fashion (Taschen, 2013), Artist Notebook (Monsa, 2015), Illustration That Works( Monacelli Press, 2015), Pencil Art Workshop (2017, Rockport)

Personal Projects:

My House is Your House



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