Deeann has a BFA from Memphis College of Art with a painting emphasis and has always been drawn to mixed media and collage. She took several fiber arts classes in college where she learned machine embroidery and sewing techniques. When she began working abstract a few years later, she combined these two techniques and found her own creative voice. She uses a sewing technique called free-motion machine embroidery on top of painted papers and incorporates those papers as collage.The stitched lines sit on top of fluid ink washes, colliding with bold paint scrapes and embellishing each piece with texture and delicate line, like veins running through the painting. “I am drawn to the tactility that the embroidery adds to the work both aesthetically and conceptually. The nature of thread is strong but intricate; it has a sort of permanence with the appearance of fragility.” Deeann has been in Nashville for a little over a year and paints full time in her home studio with her two young daughters nearby.