A Colorful Shabbat to You

shabbatpaintingA little something from Texas that uses more than red, white and blue: Dallas artist Debbie Richman has a whole smorgasbord of Judaica-themed paintings that I’m adoring at the moment, and it’s not just because we share the same taste in green.

It’s electrifying to see a Shabbat table that so much resembles my own; I’ve never been a lace-and-doily kinda gal. I find Debbie’s work whimsical yet strong in its traditional content, and I like the way themes like b’nai mitzvot and holidays are given a happy vibrancy without detracting from the seriousness at hand.

In her own words:

I approach my paintings with bold contrasting colors, unusual perspectives and design elements which create energy and excitement. Most of my work integrates a single 3-dimensional object into the composition providing a unique depth and “I Spy” conversation. My influences include Vincent Van Gogh, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol.

(Methinks I see a little Romero Britto in those colors, too, but whaddoo I know?)

Her holiday art is fabulous, too.

As we all go in to this day of rest, let your table reflect exactly who you are. Shabbat Shalom!

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