About Deanne Marie Lenehan and Lenehan Studios, “Best of Baltimore Decorative Artist”

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my headshotI founded Lenehan Studios llc as Deelite Design in the fall of 2000 while working as a first year high school art teacher. Since then I’ve been honing my skills as a decorative artist and went full time in 2008.   I have focused my business on providing quality murals, faux finishes, decorative painting, trompe l’oeil, and commissioned fine art for my clients.

I began drawing at an early age, a talent that was developed early on by my Grandmother who happened to be an elementary school art teacher.  I graduated from Towson University in 2000 where I received a Bachelors of Science in Art Education, Cum Laude. I studied fine art at Pratt Institute, Maryland College of Art and Design, and McDaniel College. As an undergraduate I was able to study and experience living abroad in Florence, Italy.

I have had the opportunity to study with some of the decorative painting industry’s top artists, including Shared Vision non-profit founder William Cochran.  In 2006, I was hand selected by Cochran, with only six other artists from the country, to work on “The Dreaming”, a five-story public art piece in Historic Frederick Maryland.  In 2011, I organized a team of 30 artists to work on the new home for “Boys Hope Girls Hope” of Baltimore for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  My  work has been featured on HGTV’s “My Big Amazing Renovation.” In 2011 I was voted “Baltimore’s Best” Decorative Artist by Baltimore Magazine. Most recently I traveled to Paris to study with fellow artists under the tutelage of renowned artists Pierre Finkelstein and Jean Luc Sable; both recipients of the Best Craftsman of France award. During the visit, I was able to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of both the Palace of Versailles and the Louvre under the guidance of these instructors.

Career Highlights:

  • Trompe L’oeil and Faux Marbre Intensive with Jean Luc Sable and Pierre Finkelstein, Paris France, 2013
  • Founder, ArtWalk and the Ellicott City Arts Coalition, 2012
  • Voted “Best of Baltimore, Decorative Artist,” 2011
  • Directed 30 fellow artists on crew for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Baltimore City, 2010
  • Baltimore Symphony Decorator Show House, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Ellicott City Decorator Show House, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • One of 6 selected artists for “The Dreaming” Practicum, with Shared Vision non-profit founder William Cochran, 2006
  • Select Course Work: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; Maryland College of Art and Design, Baltimore.
  • Bachelors of Science in Art Education, Cum Laude, Towson University, May 2000
  • Undergraduate Study Abroad Art Program: Florence, Italy, Towson University

Media and Publications:

  • Show houses 2: A Decorator’s Tour, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor; Schiffer Publishing
  • Modello by Design Volume 2, Modello Designs
  • PWC Magazine,
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Howard Magazine
  • The Country Chronicle
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Carroll Magazine
  • Carroll County Times
  • Grapevine Magazine
  • Slate online magazine
  •  HGTV’s “My Big Amazing Renovation”
  • WJZ,
  • WBAL.



 Contact Information:



8602 A Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043 (by appointment)






2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dee has just finished a wonderful scene in our main bathroom. She has a great talent and the mural is elegant with its great heron and wonderful osprey in a marsh setting. Thank you, Dee, for your fantastic artistry. We recommend Dee’s work to everyone wanting something different added to their home decor.
    Charmaine and Dann

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