My art works in this Gallery are inspired by my observations of people in the streets of Jerusalem at Purim, the joyous holiday which celebrates the salvation of the Jews from the wicked Haman, through the leadership of Queen Esther and her cousin Mordecai.
When I made Aliyah and lived in Nachlaot, I sketched Breslover Chasidim playing music and dancing in the street, people in costumes, carrying/giving Purim baskets and gifts, giving charity to the poor, eating/carrying hamentaschen cookies (‘Haman’s ears’), and much more.
After moving from Jerusalem to Beer Sheva/Beer Sheba, I wanted to incorporate motifs from my new environment, and painted ‘Purim in the Negev’. Purim occurs in the spring month of Adar, when the anemones are in bloom in the Negev desert. The desert hills in this painting are covered with these beautiful flowers, which you can see in close up at the front of my painting.