Copper border

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Copper border

I always look forward to crafting certificates for the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society because no two are the same and with a bit of information about the certificate recipient, I can allow my imagination to come up with something new each time. This piece features a border painted with a copper gouache (water-based opaque paint) so it shimmers, giving the entire piece a glow that sets of the most simple layout and palette. Please inquire about commemorative or honorific pieces I’d be glad to craft for your personal or organizational...

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“So Now, Write This Song”

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

“So Now, Write This Song”

A congregation in Caldwell, New Jersey honored their Cantor and his wife after years of service by quoting Torah and enumerating the gifts they’d given to the synagogue. Rather than dip a pen in ink or paint, I brush dabs of color onto the back of the pen nib with a small brush before the pen runs dry.  This allows color to mix as the pen moves across the paper, which produces a smooth transition and a rainbow effect in connected writing.  This very simple design, laid out to work within a circle, has tiny raised dots of gold leaf which make the whole image...

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Corporate Sponsorship

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Corporate Sponsorship

After a devastating flood in Harrisburg, PA, a local center for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education opened its doors to a small elementary and middle school until their building was again habitable.  A dinner/reception of thanks was held (featuring upscale versions of tomato soup, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese!) and the University Center as well as the law firm sponsoring the reception received hand-lettered artworks marking the unusual circumstances and neighborliness. Here’s a close-up on one part of the piece which was painted with gouache and highlighted with 23 K gold...

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Award for Service

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Award for Service

Two long-established institutions joined in celebrating the communal service of a man who currently serves on about 20 boards of directors with concern, level-headed advice, humility, and humor.  The award represents the values of the oldest Jewish dayschool in a small community in the United States, and a skilled nursing care, independent living, and hospice facility that dates back to the close of the Civil War when it was established to serve the widows and orphans of war casualties. The paper background is painted to look like aging parchment and the words are separated by tiny raised dots of gold leaf.  The piece hangs in the nursing home where it not only honors the recipient, but inspires staff and residents as well....

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Generations Learning

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Generations Learning

This work was commissioned to honor the memory of a man whose heart and energy was given to the children in his synagogue’s Hebrew school.  It’s large, and sparkles with mica flecks in the background, so it attracts children’s attention where it hangs prominently in the...

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In God’s Image Papercut

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

In God’s Image Papercut

When a dynamic rabbi announced to his congregation that his path would be taking him to another synagogue, I was asked to craft a papercut to capture the values he was able to instill and realize during his tenure.  Access with great respect – Inclusion B’Kavod – became the synagogue’s watchword, and in education, worship, and physical accessibility, the community embraced a way of living that continues to bring Jews who are wired differently and who face a variety of challenges to be totally integrated in the life of the shul.  And so the committee chose the Hebrew phrase meaning “In God’s Image” to present to Rabbi Aronson as a lasting token of gratefulness and love. The papercut is intricately cut from one sheet of paper and mounted, floating 3/8″ above a background watercolor painting which is a swirl of the deep colors mentioned in the Torah as those colors of the original weavings and priestly garments in the desert:  Purple, Blue, and...

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