Deirdre attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles before its closure, having the opportunity to study with Mentor Heubner and John Altoon.
She has also taken classes from several other artists, including Corrine Hartley.
Deirdre has never taken a formal class in Pysanky Egg-Dyeing. She had seen her first pysanky in 1961, when she was invited by a Russian-American friend to an Easter Service at a Russian Orthodox Church.
It wasn't until 1992 that she met a Ukrainian artist and dancer who made it possible for her to see how it was done during a demonstration at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Los Angeles in 1994.
Since then, Deirdre spends two to three months a year dyeing eggs, and has added several original designs to the hundreds of traditional ones.
She was Assistant Matte Artist to the Academy Award winner Matthew Yuricich on "Star Trek, The Motion Picture", and "First Family".