Deanna Fligg (b.1987) is an artist of many forms living and working in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. She expresses her ideas 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. Depending on the type of artwork, they combine creatures, flora and environmental elements. Bees are the current subject matter for Deanna.
Deanna advocates and promotes the importance of all pollinators and is best known for her acrylic stylized bee paintings. Recently she decided to rekindle her love of drawing and explore the world of illustration. The Character "Jovie the Bee" was accidentally born in October 2018 from doodling. Jovie's goals in life are to spread joy, individuality, love, kindness, appreciation and encouragement while dressing up in costumes throughout her adventures.
She feels that every living thing has a story and she strives to share their tale as well as their beauty through her artwork.
Earth is drastically changing and there are certain elements that most humans do not realize are essential for our lives to continue to function, such as pollinators. For more than 10 years there has been an increased amount of attention focused on the decline in all pollinator populations. Native bees and honeybees have been a large part of these discussions and how certain elements are affecting these organisms. Habitat loss, pesticides, mites, industrial agriculture and climate change are some of the specific challenges causing major concern for these creatures, and will eventually shape our environment if pollinators continue to die off. Humans need to understand that we share this extremely fragile planet with other life forms that we depend on for our own survival. There is a lack of education on what one needs to do in order to help Mother Nature and the organisms that inhabit it. Let's make an effort to listen to the messages Mother Nature sends us on a daily basis and strive for a better tomorrow.
I am strictly a pollinator artist currently focusing on bees. Through my art I am shedding light on the importance of all pollinators to our ecosystem as well as their current peril.
I dip my toes into many forms of art but I am generally an acrylic painter (on canvas or wood) and an illustrator (coloured pencil and ink). My paintings tend to draw in viewers due to the vibrant palettes, attention to details and abstract patterns. My illustrations are joyful, colourful and bring laughter to the world.
My fascination with bees began back in 2006 when I started photographing them. It wasn't until the end of 2011 when pain, trauma and joy simultaneously drove me back into the art world and to where I am now. I selected the very first bee photograph I ever took back in 2006 to paint to bring joy back into my life. In 2012, I watched a documentary about the decline of the bee population, and I felt compelled to spread the information from the film. The paintings were only supposed to be a one-time series but it turned into something more personal and so I made the decision to continue this specific journey with bees. I study, hang out, learn, talk to and understand them. I research them, all the way to their little pieces of hair on their legs. I explore different gardens, including my own, throughout the lower mainland trying to find different species to research.
I have developed a few different painting styles over the years which now incorporate multiple materials. They are characterized by geometrical and stylized shapes and textures with realistic and silhouetted subject matters. Like macro photography, the backgrounds in my paintings are blocked out unidentifiable shapes and textures. They symbolize the pollinator’s lives, how their world is blurry, broken and up in the air for survival. The cracked textures are a symbol of light shining through to mend what is broken within their lives. The bold colours are how I view their lives, incredibly strong and full of life. My newest creations incorporate all of these techniques with the aim of portraying an organically nurtured Earth to produce a pollinator friendly garden.
My illustrations are very different from my paintings and are portrayed in a cartoon style. The main focus of the drawings is to bring laughter into people’s lives while educating them either on bee education or life lessons. Through my drawings, I am able to reach a broader audience with my illustrations. Not only am I sharing information with adults, but children are able to learn through them as well. This allows for more awareness and understanding into this planet about pollinators. Without our pollinators, humans if not the environment as a whole, are going to be facing a huge change in our lifestyles!