Deanna Williford taught deaf children at the Maryland School for the Deaf for most of her 32-year career and worked part-time as an RID certified American Sign Language Interpreter. She also conducted a training program at her Md. farm to rescue ex-race horses and rehab them into show horses and pleasure riding horses. Breeding and showing adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgis was Deanna’s passion for a while in addition to horses and her students!! Over the years, she showed her equines in hunter jumper shows, 3-phase eventing and, most recently, dressage.
Throughout her life she has pursued arty endeavors from a wide variety of fiber arts to basketmaking to stained glass Tiffany Reproduction Lamps! Retirement gave her the time to hone her skills in painting watercolors – her favorite medium!! Often people say, “You painted that??? It looks like a photo!” She received Signature status in the Baltimore Watercolor Society by their jury of artists in 2013. A recent part-time Virginia resident, Deanna is excited to have a solo exhibition of her watercolor color paintings at the Chester Library from June 1 – July 30, 2018.
About her artwork, Deanna says: “Rendering animals in watercolor is a way for me to really “know” them. I’ve always enjoyed studying all land and marine species…especially their unique traits and idiosyncracies. My lifelong devotion to horses started when I was seven. Now, decades later, some of my happiest moments are trail riding my horse, Lincoln, with my stablemates, or using horses and riders as subject matter to paint! I marvel at their beauty, strength, and willingness to partner with us humans. I try to express that in my artwork. I totally enjoy the opportunity to share my fascination of wildlife, “tamelife”, and youngsters in my paintings with you, the viewer.”
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell and text – (301) 785-1081
View her artwork at: www.laurelartguild.org