Her interest in custom cars, classic cars and automotive body work sparked at a young age. She dreamed of working on classic cars while attending Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, ID. Next, she studied auto body repair at The College of Southern Idaho. For some time after that, she did auto body work at Pro Auto Care and Collision in Phoenix, AZ. She now lives with her family in Maricopa, AZ, and is in the process of establishing her own automotive customizing and painting business, "Nessy's Kustoms".
She is a qualified and talented collision repair specialist. She recently completed a repair on a VW Beetle with a wrecked front end, from the estimation and insurance process to the body work and paint. In addition to this, she enjoys doing classic car restorations. One of her latest projects is restoring a '56 Ford Hot Rod truck.
She was inspired by Konstandina (Connie) Manjavinos, founder of the all-female auto customization group "Girls Behind the Gun." She has been working with this group on the "Chevy Montage.” This project involves restoring and customizing a ‘57 Chevy pick-up truck that will be powered by a BMW M5 engine, to debut at SEMA 2017. The Chevy Montage project is sponsored by BASF and 3M, among others.
According to a Girls Behind the Gun social media post, the goals of this project are to "highlight some of the amazing and diverse women in the automotive and fabrication world, and the vast opportunities for women and really anyone in these fields, and give women who are DIYers or even have no experience at all, a chance to get their hands dirty and learn a new skill or two."
Ferrell says about Connie Manjavinos, "I've known her for a couple years, but only got to finally meet her this past May when she came down to work on the all-girls build at Bogi’s Garage. She's tiny but fierce, fairly new to the industry still, but has made a huge impact already. She has a fire in her soul and passion to learn everything. Every time we talk, I’m inspired by her all over again."
Dez Ferrell's favorite spray guns are made by SATA, manufactured in Germany and imported by the Dan-Am Company in the USA. PPG is one of her favorite paint brands.
When contacted by Autobody News, she said, "For the restorations, I love using PPG products. They spray easily and the clears lay smooth without effort."