About the Artist
Deanna Skillman was born and raised in Montana. Her mom, Connie, is from Lodge Grass, Montana and her dad, Bruce, is from Green River, Wyoming. Both her parents grew up ranching and in turn raised Deanna and here brother the same.
"I have a lot of childhood memories and my mom never failed to capture every moment with a camera. She is the reason I am an artist. She saw my talent early on and always encouraged me to draw all the time. She would hang long sheets of butchers paper on m y bedroom walls for me to draw on. I honestly do not know where I would be today if she had not encouraged me so much in my younger years. I've been drawing for as long as i can remember. Since I have been married my husband is always encouraging me to continue with my work; he is such a huge support and fan. In the past I always tried doing what everyone else did, or mimic other drawings. For a long time I stayed away from the cowboy art because I felt like it was something everyone in Montana and Wyoming did. Oddly enough, it has been where I have found my real inspiration. Recently I started going through my mom's old pictures, all the ones she took documenting my childhood, and collecting the ones that inspired me the most. A lot of them were taken before I was born. I found very old photographs of Indians from the Crow Reservation where my mom grew up on her family ranch. As I looked through these photos they held significant meaning to me through heritage and family. Things no one else experienced except my family and things I knew no one else would paint or re-create on paper. What I have is unique. Unique to me and everyone around me. I can take a photo and reinterpret it on paper to share with the world a life long in the past, a life that few have a chance to experience. A life that I grew up with that I can share with everyone through my work.