GETTING TO KNOW THE ARTIST
Leah Jacobson draws her inspiration from observing G-d’s world. Her unique style reflects an infusion of art with Torah themes. The use of varied, and sometimes found, media ensures the uniqueness of each piece.
Leah offers private Kallah and Bat-Mitzvah lessons, and brings the vibrant colors and words of Torah into your home with unique paint parties.
How and where do you work?
Aside from my weekly art class, most of my creativity comes out at night, in my (dining room) studio , when the house gets quiet and I can escape from the daily demands on my time and attention.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
I love my gold leaf… a metallic touch sometimes just brings things to life!
Where do you take your inspiration?
Honestly, from the magnificent world around me, and from the timeless words of David Hamelech.
Are you pursuing any themes?
Jerusalem. Ancient and modern.
What projects are you currently working on?
A few more projects related to Jerusalem that will complement the gates.
What are your favourite items in your current collection?
The Lion’s gate and the zoom in on the Lions themselves. It’s where it all began, and I think they will always just have that special place in my heart. That being said, each additional painting or creation becomes a favorite in its own right, because of its uniqueness and one-of-a-kind-ness.
How do you know when a piece is finished?
Wow. Tough question! Usually there is a sense of satisfaction that comes over me, a feeling like if I touch it any more I will ruin it. On the other hand, occasionally, there is a sense of dissatisfaction. Of dissonance between the colors or shapes that just says: Keep going… not there yet.
Which project have you enjoyed working on the most so far?
I loved the challenge of the gates. Where they are a unit but each stands on its own. Sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to paint. So, in the case of the gates, that part of the decision was eliminated, and I could proceed directly to the choice of medium.
What do you want to achieve with your work and what are your wishes for the future?
My deepest hope is that my art brings beauty, meaning and joy to the world.