Coquitlam, BC-based artist Deanna Fligg is a creator who uses a variety of mediums that focus on the subject matter of pollinators. She expresses her ideas by creating paintings, illustrations, photographs and jewelry. Deanna is a 2006 graduate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she studied fine art and photography. She then moved on to receive her Management Certificate in Interior Design from BCIT in 2008. In 2013, she obtained her floral design certificates from the Maureen Sullivan Floral Design School.
Having grown up surrounded by a beautiful garden, the majority of her inspirations are derived from the living organisms that have an impact on us on a daily basis. She believes the time she spent outdoors as a child really has had an influence on how her thoughts and visions are portrayed to this day. Depending on the type of artwork, they combine creatures, flora and environmental elements. Memories of her innocent childhood play, with leafhoppers and lady bugs, to the more serious topics of conservation and reality are formed together in her work. This deep connection between Mother Earth and how human activities are clashing came later as an adult but are now fully a part of her art practice.
Deanna advocates for and promotes the importance of all pollinators, not just bees. She feels that every living thing has a story and she strives to share their tale as well as their beauty through her artwork. There has to be an understanding that we are not the only ones on this planet and she hopes her work can spark conversations to move forward and support this planet’s life for a better future. “Humans, we share the world; bee kind”, Deanna says.