I went through something this year that required me to give up. Giving up isn't something that I've taken lightly in my life. It felt foreign and somehow wrong except for the loud calling of my intuition. This is a matter that I had been holding close to my heart my whole life and was very attached to. In the end all that l I did was decide to let go. It was an internal act of surrender. When I went into the actual situation that I'd been preparing myself for it was already done. There was absolute freedom on all sides. The situation was completely diffused. There are moments like this in life that are so hard to describe. The setting down of a weight that brought a lifetime of suffering. The newfound space afterwards. The deep breath. The love that floods in. The realization that it was always this simple.
The dawn, the calm waters and the peace that comes after letting go.
photo source: Karen Yeomans
PURE SHORES // 24X36 oil on panel // 850
This is an active prayer for the saving of what's left of our pristine oceans and the healing of the rest of our waters.
WAVE III // 18X24 oil on panel // 900 unframed
WAVES IV // 16X16 oil on exhibition canvas // SOLD
WAVES II // 16X20 oil on panel // SOLD
Land of the Lefts // 18X24 oil on birch // SOLD
LEFTS // 5 x 7 oil on birch // SOLD
Beautiful, small study done from a photo by Tofino photographer Owen Perry. His incredible work and prints can be found at https://c1983.myshopify.com/.
Cowichan // 24X30 // oil on board // 2100
Based on a photograph by NY photographer John Kelsey.
Emerging // 12 X 12 oil on panel // 700 framed
This painting represents the stripping away of everything non-essential that holds us back. All has been cleansed and left behind in the vast forgiveness of the ocean. She emerges unbound & focused. There is strength in her vulnerability. There is nothing that she can't accomplish from here.
*FRAMED IN A WHITE WASHED VINTAGE FRAME
New Year's Day // 20X24 oil on canvas // $1400
Chesterman's beach in Tofino BC looking back at the Wickaninnish Inn Relais & Chateau.
HEART AWAKENING // 16X24 oil on canvas // SOLD
I got a call Monday night from my amazing business partner Christy Feaver that she had met Justin & Sophie Trudeau & that they may be coming into the House of Alaia the next day…while I was working. I believe that these two are among the most inspiring, uplifting & influential people living & was stoked at the opportunity to meet them. I went for dinner that night with my family and upon returning home became suddenly inspired to paint something new & exciting to have in the space in case they came in. I’d had an idea to paint one of Chris Pouget’s amazing yoga photos that morning…when I looked at the picture again I realized that it was shot on the beach that the Trudeau’s are staying at in Tofino & that Sophie is a yoga instructor!…So I did it. Like a crazy, manic, geekin’ out artist…I stayed up until 4AM and painted her doing yoga on Chesterman's…slept for 3 hours & finished it just in time to bring into the shop. At 12:00 Sophie Trudeau walked in. She is AMAZING. She is a personal hero of mine and her dedication to raising awareness towards feminism, mindfulness and self-worth inspires me to no end. It was an honour to hold space with her. After 30 minutes of jewellery shopping I finally mustered the nerve to show her my painting when her driver came in to whisk her off to an engagement. I was stoked that at least she’d got to see it…if only for a moment and that I’d been able to tell her what an inspiration she is to me. But I didn’t give up hope.
Yesterday, Justin Trudeau’s security guard came into the shop on his break and had a look at my art. He saw the one of Sophie and said, “Does her husband know this is here?”. I said, “No, I don’t think so.” I gave him one of my cards and he left. I went to bed last night and visualized them both coming in for a VERY long time.
At 11:30 today one of the Prime Minister’s other security guards came into the House of Alaia and said, “The Prime Minister & his wife are on their way in. They are 5 minutes out.”
This photo represents one of the proudest moments of my life. I was so excited to pick Lily up from daycare today to show her. She knows them as our King & Queen…which they are to me as well. It represents my dedication to Trusting the Universe and the forces that conspire in our favour all the time…if only we ask & show up. If there is something that you want in this life PUT IT OUT THERE! GO FOR IT! Anything is possible. <3
Frost King // 12X12 oil on panel // SOLD
Up and away for life! be fleet! The frost-king ties my fumbling feet, Sings in my ears, my hands are stones, Curdles the blood to the marble bones, Tugs at the heart-strings, numbs the sense, And hems in life with narrowing fence. Well, in this broad bed lie and sleep, The punctual stars will vigil keep,- Embalmed by purifying cold; The winds shall sing their dead-march old, The snow is no ignoble shroud, The moon thy mourner, and the cloud-
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He & the Sea // 9 X 10 oil on birch // SOLD
WONDERMENT // 22X36 oil on panel + salvaged cedar frame // SOLD
This piece is from a Tofino beach and is meant to capture the pure joy & wonderment that comes so effortlessly to our children. They are our teachers in so many ways.
First Light // SOLD
"You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop."
North Path // 9X10 acrylic on board // 600 framed
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference-
*FRAMED IN SALVAGED WESTOCOAST CEDAR
Chesterman's Study II // oil study 11X14 on panel // 600 framed
Study of Chesterman's Beach done at dawn capturing the early morning pastels of the coast in summer.
*FRAMED IN WHITE WASHED WOOD
Cox Bay // 24 X 48 acrylic on canvas // 1600
Chestermans Study III // 8X12 oil on cedar // 600
My old front yard...I've had many a morning coffee on that driftwood.
Driftwood View // 10X10 acrylic on salvaged cedar // SOLD
View from the patio of the Driftwood Cafe at the Wickanninish Inn.
Secret Window // 18X36 acrylic on canvas // SOLD
Somewhere on the Westcoast.
Franny // 11X14 oil on panel // SOLD
Oroborous // 9 X 12 oil on rag paper // 800
Repose // 8 X 10 oil on canvas // SOLD
Immersing // 12X12 oil on panel // SOLD
Dauntless // 8.5X11 oil on paper // SOLD
Lilah // 11X14 graphite & pastel on rag // 500
Flight // 16X20 oil on canvas // SOLD
Horse Study II // 9 X 12 oil on panel // 800
Dylan // 12 X 12 oil on panel // 900 framed
*FRAMED IN WHITE WASHED WOOD
Gwenivere // 16 X 20 oil on canvas // SOLD
SURF SISTER // 18' X 36' acrylic on canvas // 900
What better feeling than heading out into an adventure with a friend.
Westcoast Grey // 24 X 48 // SOLD
Sold in Vancouver BC
First Light // 22 X 28 acrylic on canvas // SOLD
Andy Irons // SOLD
Sold in Vancouver BC
Surf Study V // 22 X 36 acrylic on canvas // SOLD
Sold in Ucluelet BC
Dawn Patrol // 22 X 28 acrylic on canvas // SOLD
Backlit // 22 X 28 acrylic on canvas // SOLD
Hanging at The Tofitian in Tofino BC
Gerry Lopez // SOLD
Sold in Kauai HI
For commission inquiries please contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To give an idea of the process for ordering a commission I'll lay out some pointers:
-I work from professional photos that you provide. It helps if there are a few to choose from. If you are visiting Tofino I can take you & your loved one(s) on a small photo shoot to gather subject material. (Cost is $200)
-I use only the highest grade of oil paints and mediums to insure the antiquity of my work. I believe that creating something of lasting quality is an important thing to value in our current world and I pride myself in creating this calibre of work.
-I am open to discussing a budget & timeline. There are different options available (painting surfaces, sizes, amount of texture, complexity/simplicity) that can alter the cost of the commission. It's fun to be creative and plan your custom piece of art!
-once we choose the photo, painting surface, size and price I require a 50% deposit.
-I will email an invoice that can be paid VIA Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard). I also accept email transfers.
-once the painting is complete I will send you a photo of the painting and can arrange for a discussion regarding the process and any insights. I'll even send you the playlist i listened to that helped inspire the art.
-at this point I will send an invoice for the remaining 50% + any packaging/shipping costs.
-I have all of my work professionally packaged and shipped through a local gallery to insure the highest standard of safety & security. Shipping rarely costs as much as you think and I can provide an initial quote for this. I also provide free North American shipping on all orders over $2500.
-If you are coming to Tofino to pick up your art while on holiday I can have the art hung at your accommodation prior to your arrival. This can make an amazing surprise if the painting is a gift. I've done this for couples for their wedding anniversaries and birthdays. It makes for a wonderful memory!
Working with clients to create custom art is something that I have years of experience doing and have heard every kind of request and question possible. So don't be shy! I LOVE working with my clients and going through this creative process, whether it's your first time commissioning art or it's old hat for you.
This is an experience that you get to keep and share with your loved ones for generations. These pieces mean something different for everyone. Some clients have them done to serve as alters and icons in their home, as family heirlooms, as an immortalized memory or simply to customize a space by choosing a specific colour palette. Get creative and start the process by sending me an email today:
Dylan // 8 X 10 oil on birch
Wedding Photo taken by Chris Pouget:
Hanna // 22 X 28 oil on canvas // 2015
Dallas Rd // 22 X 28 oil on canvas // 2015
Clayoquot Sound // 18 X 24 acrylic on canvas // 2013
Equinox // 36 X 48 oil on canvas // 2015
Bikram // 16 X 20 acrylic on canvas // 2010
Commissioned by Bikram Studio in Montreal.
Henry Nolla // 24 X 36 acrylic on canvas // 2007
Deanna had the honour of completing a commissioned portrait of renowned wescoast carver & local legend, Henry Nolla in 2007.
CUSTOM ART TO CELEBRATE A LIFETIME
Wedding Portraits are a custom fine art painting based on a professional photograph from your wedding day. They are created from the highest quality, archival oil paints & canvas to become a family heirloom meant to be passed down for generations.
Wedding Portraits make a meaningful and one of a kind wedding or anniversary present for your loved ones.
To celebrate your special day book now at
You see the moon is bright In that treetop night. I see the shadows that we cast in the cold clean light... Now my heart is gold, my feet are right. And I'm racing out on the desert plains all night-
White // 24X30 acrylic & gold leaf on canvas // SOLD
White II // 12X12 acrylic & gold leaf of panel // SOLD
White III // 11X14 acrylic & gold leaf on stretched canvas // SOLD
White IV // 24X36 acrylic & gold leaf on stretched canvas // SOLD