Biblical Art: The Love of Naomi and Ruth
Artist Chana Helen Rosenberg writes on Chabad.org, “Ruth was so dedicated to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and to G‑d, that she did not want to go back to Moab, rather to go with Naomi to Bethlehem, as shown in this famous passage (which is the inspiration for my painting). I have depicted Ruth clinging to Naomi, her mother-in-law, in the desert, on the way to Bethlehem. Ruth says to Naomi, ‘Do not urge me to leave you. Wherever you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people are my people, and your G‑d is my G‑d’. (Ruth 1:16)”
Chana Helen is an Israeli artist with an Art Degree from Maidstone, U.K., who is now living in the Negev City of Be’er Sheva. The artist uses movement and colour to express different moods and atmospheres in her work on the Jewish Festivals, Biblical themes and her local surroundings in Israel, as well as other subjects. She brings her own observations of contemporary Jewish life into her expressive, imaginative work.
Chana Helen paints mainly in oils, but does also use acrylics, colored inks and other media. Recently she has begun creating digital art alongside her other work. She also produces simple limited edition hand-pulled lino cuts using black ink only.