Mosaic-style Award – 2

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award – 2

A limited color palette, intricate Celtic knotwork with each strand split into three and colored in a mosaic style is all that’s needed to create a personalized award for the...

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Mosaic-style Award 1

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Mosaic-style Award 1

Delicate knotwork painted in a mosaic style forms columnar embellishment for this very simple...

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Donor Recognition and Tribute Book

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, Donor Recognition Art, News, Public Art, Visual Art | 0 comments

Donor Recognition and Tribute Book

L’dor va’Dor is the appropriate title of this book to honor donors and the names that appeared on plaques in a previous synagogue building which was destroyed by fire.  The wooden book was fabricated in Maine by Welch USA, and I quilted and painted the fabric insert.  The exterior brass binding seen below was crafted to match a border design that I developed for the main donor recognition wall. Shown here prior to being stretched and mounted into the wooden frame, this quilted silk was put together in a palette that matches the new building in which it is placed.  The words ‘L’dor vador’ (Generation to generation) are painted in gold with copper accents, and embellished with small clusters of Czech beads at the ‘waistlines’ of the letters....

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All the Difference Custom Painting

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

All the Difference Custom Painting

I was commissioned to create a simple piece of art to present to a speaker who had traveled from Israel to address a large audience.  Assuming suitcase space for the flight home would be at a premium, this piece is quite small, about 10″...

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Gift for a Cantor

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Gift for a Cantor

A synagogue approached me to craft a gift for a beloved cantor who was preparing to move away.  In consulation with the rabbi, a passage from the teachings of Rebbe Nachman bubbled up as the perfect text, for it had been the focus of study within the congregation and honors the work of prayerful singing.  The design is most simply a collection of endangered Israeli wildflowers, a nod to the recipient’s love of nature.  I delight in creating work that brings people together and captures...

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Physician’s Prayer – personalized

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

Physician’s Prayer – personalized

For his 50th birthday, parents chose to commission a hand-lettered and illuminated physician’s prayer to hang in their son’s office. We all sat down together, and the wish list developed around the core text (sometimes referred to as the Prayer of Maimonides), a Hebrew poem by Yehuda ha Levi that synthesizes the same intentions, and a shopping list of personal imagery.  This was the first time that I studied the varied markings and colorings of the boa constrictor!  As a young person, the recipient had raised a pet boa, and it was his choice to have that family pet wrap around the staff of Asclepius! In the night sky (painted in 4 layers of watercolor wash) hangs the constellation of Orion, and winding around the piece on the left side is the passage from the Torah about the pole that Moses is instructed to fabricate in order to stop a plague among the recalcitrant Israelites.  This image, later interpreted in Greek myth as the Rod of Ascelpius, and then accidentally conflated with the Caduseus of Mercury, stands as a symbol of healing today. Additional personal inserts include the names of family members in micrographic lettering, a raised gold star of David, and flecks of mica in the night sky, barely visible, but sometimes catching the light to glitter. The piece was framed in 8-ply mat and frame molding that honors the respectful and solemn intentions of the words....

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