Deanna Rae Cummins-Montero was born in Glendora, California into a family strongly rooted in the arts and equestrian life. Growing up on a working horse ranch, she developed a strong devotion to these remarkable animals. She chose a path of equine wellness and pursued a B.S. in Equine Science. She worked voluntarily as a trainer for many of the local “problem” horses to help improve horse/rider relationships and general wellness. While still competing with her own horses on the miniature horse circuit, she also studied the classical riding methods with world renowned Spanish Riding School riders Rudolf Rostek and Marius Schreiner with her Arabian mount Shei Guy from 2006-2009.
While sculpture was always a strong interest of her’s as a young girl, it wasn’t until a local rider approached her in 2004 to sculpt a portrait of her beloved horse, that Deanna realized art was her avenue of true expression. From that moment Deanna found her voice in sculpture. The commissions started flooding in from many local horse owners. During her artistic formation, she studied mold making with Debbie Engle and basic structure with Betty Davenport. Both highly successful bronze artists. In 2009 Deanna was commissioned to be the (IALHA) International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association National Awards Artist, which she continues to sculpt for to this day. Since then she has appeared in numerous equine and arts festivals across the state. She has studied with Patrick Kipper on the process of patination in 2016. Her work is now in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Horse and Rider Magazine, Horses in Art Magazine and the IALHA members issue.