The biblical story of Queen Esther's rescue of her people has long been a favorite story of mine. So I could not resist painting my little Israeli cousin wearing her Queen Esther Purim consume. The reference photo was taken in Jerusalem. Her confidence, strength, and beauty gave me a feel for what the courageous Queen Esther might have been like. I marvel at the thought of such a powerful generation being raised up safely in the land of their ancestors.
Israeli born, Talya Johnson is an impressionist artist and graphic designer. She's influenced by the light, color and brushwork of the impressionists; as well as the depth, luminosity and draftsmanship of the old masters and academic artists. Her colorful works can be found in numerous private collections throughout the globe. Original oil paintings and fine art prints by Talya are available at Town Square Gallery, in Wasilla, Alaska. Talya is a founding member of Painted Ladies, a group of dedicated women artists committed to supporting and promoting fine art.
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