Description Tree Of LifeIn this intricate micro calligraphy piece by Ellen Miller Braun, four components are intertwined to create a stunning Tree of Life. These components are: The Book of Ruth whose words make up the flowers and grass of the tree, reflecting the continuing lineage of women and their inner strength and beauty; the prayer Eitz Chaim Hee, which embraces the concept that just as the trunk is the foundation of the tree, the Torah is the foundation of Judaism. These final two prayers: The Blessing of the Daughters, given by parents on Friday night and The Blessing of the Eve of Yom Kippur create the wreath encircling the Tree of Life. These blessings imbue the wishes and hopes of every mother for her daughter and family. To discover the true essence of this inspiring composition read on. You will find a beautiful story of some of the enduring and compelling prayers a woman can internalize and share with the women in her life.Every woman is like a unique flower, having a distinctive color and individual scent. Together, all the flowers create one beautiful bouquet blossoming from the Tree of Life.The Book of RuthThe inspiring story of Ruth [written in its entirety- filling the flowers and leaves of this Tree of Life and the grass surrounding the roots] is a guiding light for every woman at every age.Ruth demonstrates for all of us the true meaning of faith, commitment, and love of HaShems, G-ds, commandments between man and his fellow man and between man and G-d.Ruths righteous life shows us how a proper Torah life can bring redemption to all of HaShems People.Eitz Chaim Hee It is a Tree of Life (Prov. 4:2; 3:18; 3:17; Lamentations 5:21)It is a Tree of Life for those who cling to it.A Tree of Life starts with its roots digging deep and hugging the earth, then bursting forth from the ground, reaching for the Heavens. Such is the Torah and its Mitzvot, commandments. There are the Mitzvot between man and his fellow man, teaching us to love a
Ellen Braun, Karnei Shomron, Israel Member Since August 2014 Artist Statement Ellen Miller Braun was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Drawing on her natural talent, Ellen studied fine arts at Northeastern Illinois University. Ardent Zionists, Ellen and her husband decided to follow their heart felt dream and moved to Israel with their children in 1983. Ellen and her family now live in Ginot Shomron, in the Biblical hills of Samaria. Ellen’s inspiration comes directly from Hashem, G-d, and reflects her love of her wonderful, growing family and living in Israel. All of this joins together with her deep dedication of Torah and an observant Jewish lifestyle.
The story of how Ellen began creating micro calligraphy is almost as inspiring as the works of art themselves. Before Ellen began creating these amazing works, she was already a world class artist creating soft sculptures of whimsical Chassidic figures as well as familiar Political and Biblical characters. This was another form of art that showed the painstaking dedication she has to her craft. While these figures were quite popular both in Israel and around the world, as Ellen puts it, “Hashem had new plans for me. One day I woke and the need to do this (micro calligraphy) descended and enveloped me. However, I am a person who needs time to think things over and I wasn’t ready to do something like this at that point in my already busy life. I decided not to say anything to anyone, because I knew if I did, my husband would be taking me to go get my supplies that minute!” Two weeks later, Ellen’s husband got a call from one of his friends in California. They wanted to start marketing micrography in their area and asked for Eliezer's help finding suppliers. Once Ellen heard this, she understood the gift she was being given. She told her husband about doing micro calligraphy herself... and the rest as they say, is history.
Even with her extensive art background, Ellen really just took it one step at a time. Each time she developed a piece she learned something new, starting with the fact that she is the only one in the world to use a calligraphy pen and water color paint to create her pieces. Some pieces taking as much as 11 months to create. Ellen knows that G-d was guiding her on this new journey. The first piece she created was Shir Ha Shirim - the idea was just there. The next two pieces, Ezekiel 36 and Lion of Judah, came as suggestions from her husband. Ellen began creating her micro calligraphy art in 1999, Her exquisite designs are sold as both numbered, limited fine art reproductions, and non-numbered editions, which can be viewed in her Gallery. Ellen also has created numerous pieces for private collections.
Ellen's unique micro calligraphy art can be found throughout the world, bringing inspiration, hope and joy to people from all backgrounds. Her work is featured in both public and private venues and has also been included as a page in a special women’s prayer book, "Ani Le' Dodi V'Dodi Li" and as a teaching tool in a Jewish school text book.