Center of My World | Micah Parker

Budget: 16" x 16"
Standard: 20" x 20"
Canvas: 20" x 20"

Created in the style of an antique, old world map, "Center of My World" by Micah Parker is a unique ketubah. The circular design has the continents in tan, and the oceans in a parchment look. To the west is North and South America; to the east, Europe and Africa. Curving longitude and latitude lines form a grid across the map, while a dotted line forms the equator and encircles the globe. To show that your love for one another not only covers all the world, but also consumes every day and night, in the upper left corner of the tan background, our artist has placed a sun that looks like it has been cut out of the paper to expose the parchment beneath. Night is depicted in the lower right corner by a crescent moon and three stars - again appearing to have been cut from the paper to show the parchment. The phrase "You are the sun in my days and the moon in my nights" in both English and Hebrew wraps elegantly around the world. A compass rose is placed at the top, above the ketubah text which flows between the continents - the Hebrew text in the Northern Hemisphere, the English in the Southern Hemisphere - using beautiful, handwritten-style, script fonts.
In just a short period of time, Micah Parker has become recognized as a leading ketubah artist with fresh, stunning designs that are unlike any others on the market. His modern interpretation of this traditional art form is being welcomed by today's generation of brides and grooms around the world. One of his ketubah designs, Renaissance, is featured in the Associated American Jewish Museum's traveling exhibition of ketubot, and his work was chosen by a national search firm to be featured on the front cover of a 5760 Hebrew calendar. His artwork has also been featured in several publications and on television during TLC's A Wedding Story.

Micah is originally from Middletown, Ohio. There, he began his endeavors as an artist at the age of three. He moved with his family to Austin, Texas in the early 1980s, where his high school created a new art program to accommodate his desire to learn and the skill he exhibited with acrylics, colored pencils and pastels. As he completed his art education, he was eager to begin his career as an artist. However, at his parents' request, he entered the family manufacturing business. He worked there for 13 years, working his way up from installer to vice president.

After a long hiatus from the art world, he grew anxious to draw and paint again. He had also developed skills in the use of a new medium while working in his parents' business -- computer graphics. In his spare time, he began creating artwork on the computer. Although Micah was not satisfied with creating art on a part-time basis, he had no plans, at that point, to turn his endeavors into a business, particularly given the difficulties in leaving his family's firm. continue reading

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