Follow Your Dreams | Jessica Fine

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

The impressionistic "Follow Your Dreams" by Jessica Fine was originally done in oil paint and pastels. A beautiful, tree-lined path, dappled with sunlight leads away from the viewer. A picket fence borders a garden to the left. The ketubah text is in a vertical column on the right side of the artwork. Painted from memory white sitting outdoors under a sycamore tree, the artist had this to say about the design: "The colors are the jewels of two kindred souls and the theme speaks of choices we make and directions we take in life. A red oil paint background peeks through jewel colors, laminated one over the other in pastels. The color choices are intuitive and evocative of the memory."
Jessica Fine is an award-winning and much-published pastel artist -- her work can be seen in the December 2000 issue of The Artist's Magazine and more recently in the August 2003 issue of American Artist -- with representation in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

The impressionist style of her work has grown from much experimentation with methods and materials. Through the use of underpaintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and airbrush colors, there is a richness that develops as the colors of the final lamination of pastels are applied. Interpreting memories of a scene or subject -- and interweaving her emotional, intellectual and religious ties to Judaism and Israel -- is the basis of her methodology. Adding a love of poetry and the richness of color, one sees the sensual visual language of her art.

"Many of my ketubah [designs] didn't start out to be ketubah," says Jessica. They became ketubot because they all have one thing in common, according to the artist. "The fact they are appropriate, and there's a connection in terms of a couple moving forward together."

Jessica continues, "There's a beauty in commitment, and [I] try to say that with beautiful work."

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