Today we’d like to introduce you to Deena Goldstein.
Hi Deena, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I’ve been creating through writing and painting since I can remember. In the last ten years, I’ve been creating multimedia artwork, exhibiting, and selling and creating custom pop art pieces from my Pop Art Pets business, where I create custom pet (or people) pop art from photos, which I put on canvas. Whatever I’m creating is borne of inspiration. I’m inspired by people, stories, and experiences (joyful or sad). Two years ago, my inspiration came from my father. Recently, I published my debut memoir, OK, Little Bird (oklittlebird.com), the story of a bigger-than-life father and an unforgettable father-daughter connection – shared through voicemails, dinners, and wry banter, unfiltered commentaries, and lots of love. Little bird learns to navigate the greatest loss of her life with the gift of humor from her fathers. Readers take a bouncy ride from laughter to tears, turning the last page inspired. Although I shared my story – it is the universal story of everyone who has someone special in their lives – and – how they handle the loss of that person. We don’t always have choices about what happens to us, but we have choices about handling and tackling those life challenges. I’m blown away and inspired by the outpouring of readers sharing their touching stories and how inspired they’ve become by ‘Little Bird’s strength. I never set out to write a book – my great relationship inspired me with my father and how I navigated the decline of his health and, ultimately, the loss of his life and my best friend.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
Ironically, I began writing OK, Little Bird, at my father’s bedside the day before he passed away. At that moment, like everything else I do in life, I felt inspired and was moved to write down some thoughts about watching my father’s life evaporate before my eyes. A year and a half later – I had a book. I moved through the deepest grief of my life, unaware that the book’s creation was my life raft. It’s challenging to grieve and simultaneously “narrate” the relationship you had with the person you lost. My emotions ran the gamut during the writing process – ultimately, moving head-on into the book’s creation was empowering.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’ve been creating digital, multimedia artwork for many years. My work is an eclectic range of mixed media and acrylic, capturing moments – seemingly meaningless yet so powerful. www.deenasart.com. My style is colorful, textural, out of the box, and based on what I’m painting. Since the book was recently released, my focus has mainly been on OK, Little Bird, connecting with readers (which I love), doing podcasts, interviews, and book signings (the book is available on Amazon – oklittlebird.com, Barnes & Noble, and at independent retailers nationwide). I’ve been asked if I intend to write another book – which I would love to do down the road. I’ve provided author engagement talks with grief groups, book clubs, etc. My creative juices are directed toward the book at this time, but I will begin adding back in painting – which I love; for now, I’m mindful of what’s happening and all the joy and inspiration I’m experiencing from OK, Little Bird.
How would we have described you growing up if we knew you were growing up?
Total extrovert -Impish – funny, very happy, Very loving, always smiling and filled with joy. I loved engaging with adults and was fearless in speaking with anyone. I loved roller skating, drawing, writing, and family.
During my teenage years, I was more introspective, and less social.
- 12.99 – OK, Little Bird – Paperback (oklittlebird.com) / Amazon
- 6.99 OK, Little Bird Kindle – (oklittlebird.com) / Amazon
- Artwork is on a per piece basis – www.deenasart.com
- Website: oklittlebird.com / www.deenasart.com
- Instagram: @artdee710
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/flywithlittlebird
Headshot in Red Blouse and Dancing in Shirt and Jeans – Shelly Franklin, Franklin Photography