Life of Pleasure Painting now more Serious for “Whimsical” Artist

Life of Pleasure Painting now more Serious for “Whimsical” Artist

Artist Deann Cumner has a rather simple purpose for her painting: she enjoys the creative process but also loves to bring enjoyment to those who view and purchase her work.

Although she has been painting all her life for pleasure, in the last 30 years she has approached what she describes as “my favourite pastime” in a more professional manner.

“I’ve always loved art, and certainly studied it throughout my school years,” Deann said.

“I think I’ve been painting all my life, or at least from my first recollections, at around five years old, of going to Saturday morning art classes in Toowoomba.

“I still painted throughout my married life, often going to ‘schools’, and particularly enjoyed attending the ‘Winter Schools”  at the University of Southern Queensland whenever I could manage, given I was a mother of two.

Deann then completed qualifications in Art and Design with the Arts Council, Open College of the Arts, in 1995. Since then, she has held many solo and combined exhibitions, and received art prizes throughout Queensland, including Brisbane, coastal and hinterland areas, and Warwick and Toowoomba.

“I enjoy using a variety of materials, usually in combination, as mixed media,” she explained.

“They include oils, oil pastels, tar and shellac, collage, acrylics, inks and watercolors … in the main, done on stretched canvas, board, heavy card or paper.

“Often my work is whimsical, and feels like it springs from another time and place. Mostly the work is figurative, or has figures in an imagined landscape or cityscape.

“Occasionally I paint abstract landscapes or still life, but once again, imaginary.

“My favourite medium is tar, shellac and oils. I like to make marks on the canvas, and see what appears, much as when one looks into the sky and clouds to imagine what lies within. I also use acrylic, inks and collage.

“I also enjoy drawing from life occasionally when I attend a class with a model. These drawings are usually done with graphite, ink or charcoal.”

In 2015, Deann was approached by “The United Colours of Benneton” to be one of about 200 Australian artists to exhibit in their “Looking down under – Australian contemporary art” Exhibition, launched in Milan and then travelling the world.

Images from that exhibition are available at:

Deann’s studio “Fig Tree Hill” studio is based at Booroobin, south of Maleny. Her works are also exhibited at Main Street Gallery at Montville, the David Linton Gallery at Maleny, Rosebed Gallery at Eudlo, and various other galleries from time to time.

Her works also hang in private collections in Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, the U.K. and France.

Her works can be viewed at  She is a member of and is involved in local open studio weekends. She can be contacted at 0418 182 549.

Come On Up is an independent publication featuring the best kept secrets in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Locally published and produced by Hinterland Publishing House.
No comments yet.

Leave a Reply