Deanna Rae C. M. 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 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. Deanna is the National Sculpture Society Ambassador for the Northern California Community. She instructs artists and equestrians of all ages in sculpture working with live horses through her program Sculpture Equine Anatomy. During her artistic formation, she studied mold making with Debbie Engle and modeling in ceramic clay with Betty Davenport. Both highly successful bronze artists. She has also studied with Patrick Kipper on the process of patination. 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 International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association members issue.