Deane grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley and has lived in California, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Ohio. He has studied art privately, but is largely self-taught and considers his work an extended learning project. His early art was done in pencil, pen & ink, pastels, and gouache. He focused on airbrush for several years before Photoshop was introduce.
Deane’s work has been displayed in the Hudson Valley as well as at galleries throughout Ohio, including The Acme Art Company, High Road Gallery, PM Gallery, The Mansfield Art Guild, and The Big Local Art Tent. He has also been a participant in the Columbus Arts Festival.
He has worked as an illustrator, sign painter, and picture framer before becoming a full time graphic designer for various Fortune 500 companies and for Ohio State University. It’s ironic that sculpting is one of the few art forms that Deane never attempted before carving his first 3D pumpkins, but that’s been corrected since seeing Ray Villafane’s pumpkins.
When he’s not carving pumpkins or painting, Deane writes, records, and performs music. He enjoys working with all media and especially likes the fact that people have a hard time accepting that his pumpkin carvings will eventually disappear.
Watch this interesting video of Deane and examples of his skillful pumpkin carvings.