I was born and raised on Kibbutz Gvar-‐Am in the south of Israel. I was brought up in a Bet Yeladim, a children’s house, living separately from my parents and I had a wonderful childhood. I now live in London with my husband Paul and my two boys Yarden and Geffen.
Having worked as a kindergarten teacher since 1998, I decided last summer to take a year off from my work and concentrate on my painting. I am still unsure as to whether I will go back to teaching but I have always dreamed of becoming an artist and I am trying to make a go of it.
I have had two previous exhibitions. My first,‘Kibbutz’ in June 2011 was a joint exhibition with my friend Dganit Medina and was held at Chai Cancer Care in Hendon in aid of Macmillan Nurses and Chai. My second, ‘47/74’, took place in our back garden last summer on my Mums birthday. The title was an amalgamation of my own age and the age my Mum would have been on that day.
‘Telling Stories’, my new exhibition, is my (slightly late) offering for Hag Shavuot. It is an exhibition of oil paintings on many different materials, things I have found along the way. Each painting tells a little story in a simple and colourful way. Like children’s books, they each contain a simple feeling or message and I hope that they will touch people a little and make them smile. My kibbutz roots are woven within the stories I paint as are the people I love and care for. They are also inspired by my love of books, hand made objects, ethnography, the music of Chava Alberstein, Aviv Geffen, Idan Raichel and my 20 years of working with children as a kindergarten teacher. For me, each piece of work is like letting go of a butterfly which will find its flower, however fleeting that meeting might be. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for coming.