Huvy, Hachnasat Sefer Torah, Oil on board, 29 x 10 cm

Huvy (Ahuva) Elisha lived in Jerusalem until age six. Much of her fascination for the natural beauty of Jerusalem and its flora were birthed during those early years of wide-eyed childhood exploration of the Judean hills just outside the Bucharim section of her neighborhood. At age six, following her father’s business dealings abroad, the family moved to Vienna, then Prague, and then London. Too soon, however, the London Blitz forced them to move once again, and the family now found themselves in the beautiful seaside resort of Torquay in Devonshire, South West England. It was there that Huvy’s artistic talent really began to flourish. Herself an artist, Huvy’s new headmistress recognized Huvy’s prodigious skill and lovingly encouraged her. When Huvy was but 14 years old, the headmistress wrote a recommendation to the prestigious St. Martin’s School of Art in London. Impressed by her evident talent, the school accepted Huvy as the youngest student ever to enroll, and Huvy began to study at St. Martin’s as a 14-year-old child prodigy. Professionally speaking, Huvy is a European-trained, classically educated impressionist and post-impressionist artist who works with pastel, watercolor, pen, and oil. In Israel, she has become the subject of many a tour guide. Visitors are curious to discover how it is that a European-trained classical artist has come to live and work in Meah Shearim, the ultrareligious section of Jerusalem. Huvy’s freshness and joy of life is evident in all her paintings. She never tires of painting wedding scenes; luscious garden ceremonies, blooming trees, exuberant chupas, jubilant flowers, the bride and groom’s joining of their souls… a deliciously joyous feast for the discerning eye.

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