Ella 2 | Micah Parker

Budget: 16" x 16"
Standard: 20" x 20"
Canvas: 20" x 20"

The 1950s ushered in an entirely new design aesthetic from home decor to fashion, cars to appliances. Everything became more "modern" and the colors were more vivid. The decade also saw the release of some of the greatest jazz albums of all time from the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, and many others. The art and the music of the time seemed to reflect each other. So in honor of those jazz greats I've decided to title the designs in this series after them.

Ella 2 Mid-Century Modern Ketubah features garnet, orange, cyan, spruce green and brown circles shooting outward from the circular text in the center. This represents the power, projection and clarity with which Ella Fitzgerald sang.
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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