When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
My name is Deena Bernadette Habboo. I am a self-taught fine artist. I simply drew and painted in stolen moments from my childhood. Well into my adulthood, I continue to submerge myself in the adventurous and extraordinary world of art.
I'm naturally able to feel everything I encounter with an intense passion. Whether that emotion is positive or negative, my paintings embrace the inner workings of human emotion through beauty.
My need to be creative is inexhaustible and can be understood to some degree as a way to escape from reality— to give color, form, structure and constructive expression to inner and outer chaos and conflict. As I continue to apply my presence to the canvas, my art naturally evolves with time. I consider myself an Abstract Expressionist in style, though in more recent years I alternate between Expressionism, Impressionism, and spiritual works of icon images.
Oils are applied onto a linen canvas or reclaimed wood using my fingers, knives, and paintbrushes, to create a thickly layered, sculpted effect. The floor is my favorite chair and a wall is my best easel. I am completely inspired by the brilliance in nature, animals… and the ebb and flow of life. I am grounded in my faith and influenced by those people whom I admire, appreciate, and respect.
My passion to create is unabated, as is my abiding desire to seek out the truth behind my private experience and emotions so that I might transform what I discover into public art. This is the breakthrough for me, the epiphany– the realization that the next step in my continuing artistic development is to break out of my reclusive shell so I may share my work with the community. And in doing so, it is my sincere hope that my art will provide some measure of joy and enlightenment and will communicate the joy (and number of sleepless nights) I have experienced in creating it!
My art can be found in private collections worldwide.