Hi, Welcome to my website! It is an honor to share my artwork with you! Painting and poetry are my passions. I have found a way to partner my poetry with my paintings. Take the painting Iím using for my profile for example. Itís based on a snap shot in 1989 taken by my brother, Burt .Here I am painting, a moment in time with my daughters; Shahar then five years old and Yonat then two years old. They are waiting for me to finish painting for that day and play with them. Shahar is already impatient. But I juxtaposed that image by focusing the poem in the painting on my daughters' harmonious play together, their secret language:
'Back in the grass
tinkling with laughter
hand in hand
circle round 'n round.'
Both of my parents were artists and painted. I grew up going to art exhibitions with creativity in my soul and a paint brush in my hand. Even in grade school my notebooks were full of doodles. In 1971 I was accepted to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. The instructors were of high caliber both technically and creatively. They were working artists themselves. I was able to receive a good solid base for my art there. I earned a scholarship based on the artistic potential of my student work. From the College for Creative Studies I acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with an emphasis on printmaking. But that was only the beginning of my academic studies and my evolution as an artist.
While still a student at CCS I had the good fortune to study poetry with the celebrated nature poet Judith McCombs, who inspired me to write. I joined her writers group. The constructive criticism that I received there helped me gain enough confidence to publish my own poetry. I began searching for a viable way to combine my visual art with my words, to balance them. But the words always seemed to dominate the images. However I have found a way to partner them, my paintings and poems. I began to scratch and emboss free hand into the paint. As a result the words began to exist with the painting.
In 1980 my husband, Michael and I immigrated to Israel with group of people called a garin. We were Garin Ein Dor who came to live on Kibbutz Ein Dor at the foot of Mt. Tabor. Here we have raised two bright and beautiful daughters. I have exhibited in Detroit, New York and Tel Aviv and different kibbutzim. My studio is in a converted chicken coup. Currently I am exhibiting my art work at the Freddy Fabian Gallery in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv.
Since I came to Kibbutz Ein Dor I have taught art and painting. From the children in the kindergarten to the centurions in the nursing home I teach the development imagination. I have contributed to the cultural life of the kibbutz not only by teaching but by painting the scenery for countless holidays and murals all over the community.
I love the serenity of the Jezreel valley where we live in peace and harmony with our Arab neighbors. I have taught groups of Arab and Jewish children ages 7 through 11, from surrounding villages, art and painting.
It has been a lesson for all of us in culture and humanity.
Presently I teach privately in my studio. I emphasize technique, understanding the medium, self expression and creativity.
Visit my website to see more of my artwork and poetry: http://www.shirachai.com