Born and educated in England, Paul Deggan came to Vancouver in 1957. In 1980, he and his French-born wife Babette purchased a retreat in Montaigut-le-blanc, France. They later began their Centre Estival des Arts (Summer Centre for the Arts). Deggan has taught painting and drawing, sculpture and design, at Vancouver School of Art and at Capilano College. Babette Deggan came to Canada in 1975 and worked as an assistant in the French Department at Simon Fraser University and then at Capilano College. She is a potter. Deggan wrote and illustrated All Our Summers Are French (Estival Press, 1992).