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 miniature horse ranch, she developed a strong devotion to the horses. She chose a path of equine wellness and pursued a Bachelor’s in Science in Equine Science. She worked 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 studied the classical riding methods with world renowned Spanish Riding School riders Rudolf Rostek and Marius Schreiner from 2006-2009.
A local rider approached her in 2004 to sculpt a portrait of her beloved horse, and at that time, Cummins-Montero realized that “art was her avenue of true expression”. She began to create commissioned work for many horse owners. She studied mold making with Debbie Engle and basic structure with Betty Davenport, both highly successful bronze artists. In 2009 Cummins-Montero was commissioned to be the International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association National Awards Artist, and she continues to sculpt for this association to this day. Since then she has appeared in numerous equine and arts festivals across the state. Cummins-Montero 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 also been published in Horse and Rider Magazine, Horses in Art Magazine and the IALHA members issue.