Destiny | Micah Parker

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

The word "beshert" is Yiddish for "destiny" or "soul mate" and is the focal point of this brightly colored, modern piece, "Destiny" by Micah Parker. Above and below the rainbow-colored design, the phrase, "You are my love. You are my life. You are my destiny," is written in Hebrew and English. In the center of the artwork, the stylized Hebrew letters center around a red, heart-shaped shin, an abstract image of two lovers as they embrace. The vibrant colors of orange, blue, red, yellow, green, and purple, and the motion of the paint strokes are reminiscent of the emotions the couple shares when they are in love?when they have found that perfect person?their destiny?their beshert. The blue ketubah text is written in the upper left corner over a bright yellow backdrop. The signature lines lie inside the artwork at the bottom.
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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