Notes on paintings on home page

The Road to His Parents Kibbutz is about a colonel and a brigadier general in the Israel Defence Force who I met on an army base. He is ben (son). Both sets of their parents are Shoah (Holocaust) survivors. One of the sets of parents established a kibbutz and even now, elderly, they sit at the gate of the kibbutz, on guard, im and av (mother and father).

House Landing began as a representation of the annunciation motif - where an angel appears to Mary with news. I used myself as the model for Mary. I am holding my palette. In the end, I disappear. All that remains of the angel is a yellow rocket and my homage to Early Italian images - a string of cyprus trees leading the eye to the horizon.

Elijah and the Raven. In the biblical story, the prophet Elijah is fed by a raven. He is told to leave the place he is in. I wanted to convey one thing: being Elijah was difficult. The red robe - his prophetic mantle - sits on him but does not fit or wrap him. I site him in the Judean Hills. Desolate as they seem to be, through them and beneath them are springs that flood through the wadis with great force when the rains suddenly come. Elijah is discontented. Yet as is so often the case, the eternal intervenes in the midst of such uncomfortable dislocation.

Sarah and Hagar alludes to the ancient Biblical tale of the origins of the Jewish and the Arab nations. Yet also within ourselves, we have our portion and our dispossession, our pride and our supplications, our separation from ourselves, the mechitzah (the division between men and women in the synagogue), and the Separation Barrier/Wall (dividing the Israelis from the Palestinians and effectively encasing Palestines within Israeli delineated margins).