Expression: Sunrise | Micah Parker

Budget: 17" x 13"
Standard: 22" x 17"
Canvas: 22" x 17"

The title for this piece, "Expression: Sunrise" by Micah Parker is a play on words of Monet?s "Impression: Sunrise." Wide brushstrokes of muted purples form a shore and horizon in the expressionistic work. The yellow and orange sun and blue gray and green sky are reflected in the rippling water. The purple ketubah text is divided in two, placed on the water and separated by the morning sunrise?s counterpart in the tide. The signature lines lie below the artwork in the white border. This design was inspired by our artist?s morning walks along the Easter Prom Trail, which overlooks the Casco Bay and its islands off the coast of Portland, Maine. While the mornings along the New England coast can be foggy, the sun often peeks through. The day?s hazy start, accompanied by hope for a sunny afternoon, mirrors the earliest moments of a relationship. However unclear the beginning may be or seem, there is a hint of a bright future on the horizon.
In just a short period of time, Micah Parker has become recognized as a leading ketubah artist with fresh, stunning designs that are unlike any others on the market. His modern interpretation of this traditional art form is being welcomed by today's generation of brides and grooms around the world. One of his ketubah designs, Renaissance, is featured in the Associated American Jewish Museum's traveling exhibition of ketubot, and his work was chosen by a national search firm to be featured on the front cover of a 5760 Hebrew calendar. His artwork has also been featured in several publications and on television during TLC's A Wedding Story.

Micah is originally from Middletown, Ohio. There, he began his endeavors as an artist at the age of three. He moved with his family to Austin, Texas in the early 1980s, where his high school created a new art program to accommodate his desire to learn and the skill he exhibited with acrylics, colored pencils and pastels. As he completed his art education, he was eager to begin his career as an artist. However, at his parents' request, he entered the family manufacturing business. He worked there for 13 years, working his way up from installer to vice president.

After a long hiatus from the art world, he grew anxious to draw and paint again. He had also developed skills in the use of a new medium while working in his parents' business -- computer graphics. In his spare time, he began creating artwork on the computer. Although Micah was not satisfied with creating art on a part-time basis, he had no plans, at that point, to turn his endeavors into a business, particularly given the difficulties in leaving his family's firm. continue reading

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