DeAnn Design Studio

A shining light in downtown Franklin

DeAnn Design Studio brings art to downtown Franklin. The gallery is located on historic Main Street, and artist DeAnn Hebert has embraced the history and textures of the space.

When emotions run deep, art has the incredible gift to step in, stand up, and understand the significance of our stories. That is why every piece in DeAnn’s studio is created with a unique and compelling intention in mind — and heart.

Each brush stroke DeAnn makes — each layer, each texture — is purposefully placed to ultimately create a beautiful piece that captures a piece of your heart and allows you to feel a bit more understood in your own journey.

“My heart’s passion is to place stories and emotions into paintings when words just aren’t quite enough,” DeAnn says.

The gallery opened in March of 2020 after being in The Franklin at Factory for 16 years. The space holds stories of the past, rich history of the South, and is the perfect backdrop for DeAnn’s original artwork.

“Over the past 20 years, I have followed my dream and want to inspire others to do the same,” she says. “Many of the paintings are meant to be inspirational, with titles like, ‘She Believed She Could So She Did’ and ‘With Brave Wings She Flies.’”

DeAnn trained at the Chelsea School of Art & Design and developed a technique through trial and error. She uses layer upon layer of palette knife texture that is reminiscent of tree bark and peeling barn paint.

“I love texture — it makes the painting interesting and fun to look at,” DeAnn says.

She paints pieces from photographs, and people can commission her to do a portrait from a wedding or from a photograph that is inspirational.

DeAnn specializes in angels and wedding scenes. She can also create a custom work based on any subject matter, such as florals, barns/farms, homes, churches, and more.

She says her hummingbird series is truly special, as the birds are said to be loved ones who have passed away visiting us. Her mother, who passed away after battling early onset Alzheimer’s, loved the birds, and just before what would have been her mother’s 70th birthday, DeAnn saw one and remembered her.

“My mother loved hummingbirds,” DeAnn says. “I was thinking of her because I just saw one. They send a spiritual message. Often, paintings are meant to evoke memories or passing of a loved one. People have shared many stories about these spiritual messengers.

“Artwork is meant to do exactly that. … Peaceful, there is a healing power in artwork.”

In 2020, when Main Street in Franklin was empty and dark, Franklin Mayor Ken Moore walked by and was moved by one of DeAnn’s angel paintings that was lighted. It was a light during a time of darkness that offered hope, he told her.

In addition to shopping at the gallery, you can find DeAnn’s art in Anthropologie, Country Living Magazine, HGTV, and many other places.

To see her full line of products, visit www.deanndesigns.com.

Visit the gallery in downtown Franklin at 343 Main St. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

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