Dean (born 1954, Blind River, Ontario, Canada) has been based in The Bahamas since 1979. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the
Windsor, Ontario, Canada and studied French Literature at the University of Nice in the South of France.
In The Bahamas, Dean has studied with renowned artist and sculptor Antonius Roberts. In the U.S., she studied with Selina Trieff, one of the original figurative expressionist artists from early 1950's New York. Working mainly in oils, she describes her work as "expressing the inexpressible through color and form".
Since 1995, the artist has exhibited extensively in The Bahamas as well as South Florida, New York City and New England. Among her exhibitions are Lumiere, a one woman show in Freeport Grand Bahama in 2008 and Across a Sea of Dreams, a one woman show in Canada in 2006. Dean has contributed her paintings to numerous exhibitions at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, including Bahamian Art, Pre-Columbian to the Present, and NE1, NE2, NE3 and NE4 juried exhibitions.
Dean's work is in the collection of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, The National Gallery of The Bahamas, The Dawn Davies Collection and The D'Aguilar Art Foundation, among others. She was honored in 2008 by the Bureau of Women's Affairs for her outstanding work and contribution in the realm of Fine Arts. She is a founding member of STARTS, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art on the island of Grand Bahama, where she lives with her family. Dean's iconic painting Sisters, can be found on display at The Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.