Yaakov Blesses Yehuda

The Yaakov Blesses Yehuda paintings are about a biblical passage of the patriarch Jacob (Yaakov) blessing his son, Judah (Yehudah). “A lion cub is Yehudah; from the prey, my son, you elevated yourself. He crouches, lies down like a lion, and like an awesome lion, who dares rouse him?” The blessing concludes with imagery lush in color and beautiful in its language. “He will tie his donkey to the vine; to the vine branch his donkey’s foal; he will launder his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes. Red eyed from wine and white toothed from milk.” In these paintings, I use imagery of the lion cub, the lion, the donkey, wine and grapes as well as colors that recall the red and white and purple of the end of Yehudah’s blessing.