Friday, June 26, 2015

Jewish artist Brooke Sendele Foster finds inspiration in everyday life

By Jennifer Goldberg
Foster’s drawing of the "Al Netilas Yadayim (hand washing prayer)" was commissioned by a family in Scottsdale. Image courtesy of Brooke Foster
ARIZONA---In the work of Brooke Sendele Foster, stories from the Torah and themes of Judaism and Jewish culture burst with color and life. Her finely detailed and beautiful drawings celebrate the beauty and traditions of the Jewish faith. Foster’s path to a career as a Jewish artist was an unlikely one. Born to a Christian father and a Jewish mother, she was raised Christian in Irvine, California. Religious art isn’t exactly embraced in the serious art community, Foster says. By using bright colors, incorporating fine art elements and making the Jewish themes of her work relevant to today, she found greater acceptance of her art, Foster says. [link]