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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - The mother of three, exhibited her paintings as part of the 48th UAE National Day.
It took an average of 20 hours for Indian expat Febna Dilshad to complete one of her eggshell paintings. She had a target in mind - to create portraits of all UAE Rulers as the country celebrates the 48th UAE National Day.
On Thursday, Febna exhibited her paintings at the Al Mamourah Primary Health Centre in Ras Al Khaimah as part of the N-Day celebrations.
"I believe in sustainability and to prove my point, I wanted to create art using environment-friendly materials. That's how I began using eggshells," she said.
"Although it takes only 20 hours to complete an artwork, I took an average of 10 days with my youngest son who is just six months," said Febna, mother of three kids.
She has been working on the series for the past six months. "I first sketch outlines on canvas and then used toothpicks to place the shells on canvas and paint using acrylic. My first portrait was that of the Founding Father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, done during the Year of Zayed. I wanted to give my best to the leaders of the country and decided to complete these artworks by the 48th UAE National Day," said Febna, who has been living in the UAE for the past 12 years.
"Other works I do include coffee painting and foil paper calligraphy. I try to be as environment-friendly as possible. I am a pharmacist by profession and I know how harmful chemicals can be to the planet. I choose my art as a medium for expressing what I have to tell the world. Through this series, I show my gratitude to this country which promotes sustainable living," she said.
Febna's talent is not limited to environment-friendly art, she is a master in mirror-writing with being able to write fluently in four languages with both hands simultaneously. "Writing like that started as fun when I was in school.
"I was intrigued by the word "AMBULANCE" which is often written in large mirrored text so that drivers see the word the right way around in their rear-view mirror. I then began writing in all languages that I was studying then - English, Arabic, Hindi and Malayalam. I still try to write in other languages," she added.
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