Queen of the Jews Book Cover

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Queen of the Jews Book Cover

The opportunity to research and develop a book cover and maps for a work of historic fiction by author Judy Petsonk was one at which I leaped!  An evocative work that paints in words images of ancient Judea prior the first Century also deserved cover art that would draw people into another time and place.  This is the story of Queen Salome Alexandra (Shalom Tsion), woven from fragments The History of the Jews by Josephus and bringing life of a woman who ruled a nation and oversaw tremendous development of infrastructure in her time. The mosaic design is based on recently uncovered floors in the area of Lod.  What goes around … ends up on a book! I had the delight of collaborating with graphic designer Tammi Reid who found the perfect typeface and photo image of a blooming almond branch which I was able to incorporate onto the back cover of the book A great...

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Map of Ancient Judea and Samaria

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Public Art | 0 comments

Map of Ancient Judea and Samaria

Who knew that mapmaking was on my bucket list?  Judy Petsonk offered me the opportunity to create two elegant maps for her forthcoming novel  Queen of the Jews, and the experience was a wonderful one.  Now I understand why I find myself immediately pulled into hand-drawn and lettered maps.  It’s because I feel a kinship with the artist wielding the pen!

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Yehuda HaLevi Poem

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

Yehuda HaLevi Poem

This poem by Yehuda HaLevi was commissioned by parents knowing it is their son’s favorite poem.  It was commissioned as a graduation gift.  I studied several printed versions of the poem, each laid out slightly differently, and then contacted professor Max Tiktin to help me go through the words line by line to parse the meaning and determine the best way for the words to be laid out on the page. This is papercut from one sheet and mounted over a watercolor background.

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Bright Border

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News | 0 comments

Bright Border

By blending the color in the pen, I was able to create this vibrant certificate that fit the personality of the recipient.   A wide array of pieces in this genre may be seen under the category Personal Commissioned Art.

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For Your Sake Papercut

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

For Your Sake Papercut

Commissioned by a Jewish dayschool as an award, the intricate design makes use of the most delicate lines to hold the papercut together.  Notice  the fine lines of the tsitsit and the tallit itself, and the rays of light from the ner tamid.  Once I had the visual elements in mind, the challenge was to craft an overall pleasing design, so the long narrow image developed. I found the text in a museum exhibit of poster art from the time of early Israeli statehood.   The particular poster that grabbed my attention was urging new immigrants to learn Hebrew.   Notice the different ways in which the Hebrew and English letters remain attached within the artwork.  As a papercut design, everything that appears black in the artwork (positive space, as this is the paper that remains while the rest is cut away) must be attached to other black paper or else it will fall away....

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PA Supreme Court Certificate

Posted by on Jun 10, 2011 in Awards, Certificates, and Commissioned Works, News, Visual Art | 0 comments

PA Supreme Court Certificate

Even a buttoned-up certificate from the state’s highest court can come to life when color is added!   I regularly craft certificates such as this one, and add personal touches in the limited space available, in keeping with the clients’ instructions.

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