I have been painting landscapes for almost 20 years, since I graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. It was an aspect of painting I knew nothing of. Soon enough, I was fascinated by it.
I began by painting the surroundings of my home, always at a walking distance, using a traditional technique of handmade egg tempera on heavyweight paper. I painted from observation, and kept doing so on a daily basis, returning to the same places again and again. Each and every home I had became a new episode of landscapes and offered new compositions of light and atmosphere. Outdoors landscape painting is a journey, beginning with the preparation of the colours and the paper, then walking to the painting spot, and finally painting – in different hours of the day, changing weather and various circumstances. The choices I make along this journey are as practical as they are artistic, such as finding a shadow to sit under or handling the colors, sometimes thinner or thicker than anticipated. I look upon this process of painting and repainting the same views as a kind of visual diary, expressing and documenting changes in and around me. I change, the landscapes change, the light changes – and by the power of this constant change I evolve as an artist, in my observation and perception.
I am a proud member of a young family, consisting of mom (that’s me), dad and three young children. Last but not least- one Australian Shepherd, who sits next to me when I paint and probably knows a lot about drawing and painting without ever being able to tell anyone about it. On December 2016, after having lived in the upper Galilee for almost ten years, we moved to Chester county, Pennsylvania. I now paint the landscapes surrounding my studio and home, and depict the views I see as I travel with my family. The winter of 2017 marks the beginning of a new and wonderful chapter, full of challenges and beauty.
It is my belief that original art should be available to all art lovers. Therefore I choose to sell my art at an affordable price. It gives me great pleasure to have my art at the homes of art lovers from all over the world. My paintings are available for purchase at my studio and online. Please feel free to contact me via my:
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