A bit about me as an Artist
As far as art in general, it's been a part of me as far back as I can remember, a few years back I began to show more of my passion publicly.
But it wasn't until a certain time in my life when I was introduced to clay. I still remember to the day when I first felt that cold bit of natural earthen clay. A dear friend placed it in my hands for the first time and said.."Just make something, I know you can." Since then clay has become a whole new world of infinite possibilities for me. I thank you..Ray.
From there things changed a bit in my artful perceptions..
Deana Tankersley Biography
I was born and raised in Augusta , Ga. My father also an Augusta native, who was an Electrician at King Mill Industries. My mother was a Beautician from Bakersfield, California.
I began sculpting at the age of six, what was commonly known to other peers my age as Play- Doh, became a versatile doorway to hands of imaginative proportions. Having an endless supply of this time consuming wonder, I could feel my way toward an animal, person, or what ever I was feeling at the time.
At times, things I made were kept and displayed. My grade school teacher did just that at the front hall display of the school. My parents were contacted to discuss possible art school.Due to modest income, my art desires were suppressed academically; however my passion remained.
My mother was a natural sketch artist; she often shared many shadowing and lighting techniques to capture the perfect essence of the subject at hand.
I often created in my private quiet moments which became fewer as adulthood
meant responsibility to family and work.
My son Chance was a wonderful gift carrying the art line thru music. Often stringed instruments became beautiful means of emotion that danced from his fingertips.I have instilled artistic passion in him unknowingly, thru my work. He has come to appreciate and enjoy many famous artists before our time. We often stroll and gaze in wonder of a time and people who built such a creative and colorful perception of life in books ,galleries, and museums.
I enjoy the outdoors; just a stroll thru a busy walkway can open creative
ideas. I find the human anatomy to be God’s art in motion . We are all indeed exquisite machinery.
My inspiration I would have to say is an ongoing controversial spirit meets emotion.
Intense love versus the right path on this daily journey we so lightly refer to as life.
1990 Prayer Girl
1995 Fertility Goddess
2000 The Dancer
2003 Nude Rose
2003 Western Romance
2004 Angelic Vows
2006 Inner Beauty
2007 Failed Intentions Somber partial face bust granite coated
2008 Current project Beauty Beneath The SurfaceBronze bonded clay
2009 Angelic Vows
2010 Beauty Beneath The Surface Mermaid
2011 Wisdom Clay male bust
2011 Breaking The Silence
2011 A Mothers Love
2011 Tropic Angel
2011 Blind Angel
2012 His love
2014 Old Fisherman "Charleston"
2014 A Southern Belle
2015 Light the way large Clay Vessel
2015 Started "His Love" Life Size Hand Figuative
2016 Nauveena Life size Clay Figurative Sculpture
Currently working on a life size sculpture titled Nauveena approximately 6 ft clay.
Now I create with all different types of mediums daily. It's just a part of who I am, and what I was born to do.