Deann Hebert, the working mom and artist behind Deann Designs, is sharing her passion for painting with us today and we couldn’t feel more inspired. She takes us through the ins & outs of being to mom of two young girls and owning her own business. Plus, she lives in a 1890’s farmhouse and her studio is inside an old stove factory in Nashville, Tennessee. If that’s not cool, we don’t know what is.
Thank you so much! Yes it was. I always knew I wanted to do something with art from the time I was little. Full of artistic entrepreneurial spirit from a young age, my first experience with “making money” was when I made rhinestone earrings (think hot glue), and sold them door to door. I remember the thrill I had of selling something that I actually made with my own hands, and the confidence that came with that elation. Now, I don’t remember what they looked like but I’m sure they were tacky, bless my heart! Nevertheless, a seed was planted. I worked as a graphic designer right out of college, and did art festivals “on the side” for a number of years before deciding to trade in my corporate high heels for paint brushes and boots, and paint full time.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from my beautiful surroundings here in middle Tennessee. I think what’s really important is the story behind the work, and I strive to make a connection with the viewer, whether that evokes a special memory or just makes them smile. Also, I draw inspiration from my faith.
Your studio is so unique – how did working in an old stove factory come about?
The once abandoned stove factory has served as my creative space for the past decade. I love painting there and fell right at home among the old barnwood walls and cement floors. Right around the time that I was deciding to paint full time, the space at the Factory became available. I jumped at the chance to have a studio where I could paint but also meet people at the same time.
I have the best family in the world. I’ve been married to my husband Lance for 15 years! He’s the best. We have 2 beautiful girls. Adeline, 10, and Amelia, 6. We live in an 1890’s farmhouse where we have a hobby farm with backyard chickens including a rooster named Colonel who cock-a-doodle-do’s every morning. There is also a koi pond, a golden retriever, and 2 quarter horses. There’s never a dull moment around here!
My favorite part about being a mom is being able to incorporate things I love into my children’s lives. I love taking them in to the studio on the weekends. I let them put on my aprons, use all of my materials, and just be free and let them create. It’s something we can share together, and I hope build a special memory for them.
Oh goodness. This is tough. The early morning hours seem to be the best for me. That’s when I try to have some quiet time to reflect, when the house is still sleeping, and sneak in the 6am yoga class down the street. Yoga helps me to stay centered, it balances out my brain and leaves me feeling refreshed. That, combined with my faith, help me to put in perspective what is important.
I love the quote, “You can do anything, but not everything.” I think this is so so true and hope my girls remember that feeling of accomplishment and carries it with them. Each day I try to instill in both my girls the value of hard work and determination. Every day, they see me working to balance the needs of my work and be present in my studio as well as being fully present with them and seeing to their needs. Horseback riding, ballet, homework, dinner, bathtime, plus creating work and running my studio and all that entails. It’s not easy, but it is my hope that they are watching closely, seeing their mama working hard, achieving success but always making time for what counts.
Two Photos above by Evan Davies Photography
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