Crystal Tree II | Micah Parker

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

Graphic and modern, Micah Parker's "Crystal Tree" is a beautiful choice for your ketubah. This design is available as a papercut or a print. Trees have a long tradition in ketubah design. In ours, the pure white tree is placed in the center, its roots reminding one of the strong foundation on which a marriage is built. The branches, ever-reaching, spread into the sky, forming a delicate beauty that continues to grow with each passing year, as does your love for one another. The space between the branches and roots, forming organic angles and shapes, is shaded in such a way that it makes you think of crystals - or the diamond of the engagement ring. The ketubah texts are shaped to follow the trunk, branches, and roots of the tree with the English text placed on the left, the Hebrew text on the right. Available as a papercut or a print. The papercut will have two layers - one with the white tree cutout and the other with the colored background and text. The print only option will have the tree and colored, text layer all printed in one.
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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