BEHIND THE CANVAS
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. In 2006, she received her Fine Arts Certificate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then received her Management Certificate in Interior Design from BCIT in 2008. In the Spring of 2013, she received 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 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 born in October 2018 from accidental doodling. Jovie's goals in life are to spread joy, individuality, love, kindness, appreciation and encouragement while dressing up in costumes throughout her adventures.
Deanna not only cares about the bees but has a love for photographing insects and creatures. 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 needed for our lives to continue to function, such as pollinators. 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 colours, attention to detail and abstract patterns. My illustrations are educational, colourful, joyful and bring laughter to the world.
My fascination with bees began back in 2006 when I started photographing them. In mid March 2012, I watched a 2009 Documentary called “Vanishing of the Bees”, and I felt compelled to spread the information from the film. It was 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 my paintings over the years, and they are characterized by geometrical and stylized shapes with a realistic subject matter. 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 bold colours are how I view their lives, incredibly strong and full of life. With all of this in mind, the viewer is able to pay attention to the detailed subject matter in complete focus.
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!