Deanne Panya with her latest drawing. (Pic: Supplied)
Deanne Panya is a very promising apprentice, one that’s enjoying the best season of her short career.
She also happens to be a damn good artist (so too is twin sister Beany).
Panya loves to draw, and on her days off - not that there’s many of them - you will most likely find her with pencil in hand.
The 24-year-old is self-taught, which is remarkable, considering how good her work is.
“I find it very therapeutic,” Panya told G1X.com.au.
“It’s something good to do in my spare time, I’ve done it since I was young.
“I look forward to getting it done and seeing the result. It’s pretty satisfying.
“The more I draw, the more I improve and the better they get.”
- Deanne's completed drawing of G1 winner Referral. (Pic: Supplied)
As a youngster, Panya, who was born in Sydney, but has Laotian heritage, would often watch her father draw, and regularly ask him to sketch her a horse.
She decided to give it a go, and would draw pictures of things she would see in magazines and on the internet.
Panya has recently completed a drawing of the ill-fated gelding Skip Course winning under Ryan Wiggins at Doomben in September, 2015, for trainer Donna Grisedale.
Skip Course died following a race at Rosehill last May.
“I was apprenticed to Donna for a while. She knew that I loved drawing, so she asked me to do it,” Panya said.
“It took me roughly 20 hours; I started it in January.
“I’m very happy with how it’s turned out.”
Grisedale is also rapt with the finished product.
“I love it. He was like family to me, that horse. He was the best,” said Grisedale.
Also in Panya’s folio are drawings of Tommy Berry looking up to the heavens aboard Vancouver after winning the 2015 Golden Slipper, as well as Group 1 winning-mare Single Gaze with her strapper.
Panya is booked out for the rest of the year, with one of her current projects a large drawing of Winx and Hugh Bowman, which will be homed at Racing New South Wales’ head office.
The Panyas have a Facebook page - Panya Portraits (Panyaportraits) - and commissions are available.