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Lesley Friedmann

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Lesley Friedmann’s deep connection to her Jewish heritage and strong ties to the land of Israel influence her art. From her childhood in South Africa, to her teenage years on a kibbutz in Israel, art was always Lesley’s favorite class. She served in the Israeli Armed Forces and then immigrated to Victoria, Canada, where she pursued an undergraduate degree in Art Education and settled down to raise a family of four children with her husband, Bryan. In 2016, Lesley earned her Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Victoria. Lesley now devotes most of her free time to painting.
May your home be the place A sanctuary of everlasting peace Where tranquility resides and joy dwells. In the shadow of all this, The voice of the Torah will rise. In your home; in this corner we will find the Shechinah - the Divine presence of G-d. Jewish...
“She named him the son of my suffering, and his father called him Benjamin.” (Genesis 35:18) ​​ The youngest of the twelve tribes, Benjamin, was named by his mother, Rachel, who died in childbirth. His father, Jacob, changed his name from “the son of my s...
“May G-d grant me another son.” (Genesis 30:24) Joseph was Rachel’s first child, born after many years of waiting. The name Joseph indicates adding, embracing, and gathering. This painting shows us Joseph's tomb, the center of which is a gaping black hole...
“Because of my good fortune, because women have called me fortunate.” (Genesis 30:13) ​Leah named Zilpah’s second child Asher, which indicates an abundance of fortune and joy. Asher embodies the kind of happiness that comes from prosperity, from having mo...
“And Leah said, ‘Fortune has come.’” (Genesis 30:11) Leah named the first child of her maidservant Zilpah, Gad: a name that indicates appreciation of good fortune. The soaring eagles draw us into the painting, reminding us of the way we were lead out of E...
Ascent depicts the metaphor for prayer that is embedded within Jacob's ladder. The painting depicts the Zohar’s view of prayer, which is that each person is able to climb from an earth-bound existence into deeper states of consciousness until one unites w...
“With Divine bonds I have been joined.” (Genesis 30:8) Rachel named Bilhah’s second child Naphtali, a name that symbolizes connection that is attained through struggle. This painting takes us to the tribe of Naphtali’s portion of land in the Galilee, over...
“G-d has judged me and also listened to my voice.” (Genesis 30:6) Rachel named the first child of her nursemaid Bilhah, Dan, a name that embodies the quality of justice. Judgment and justice are about setting boundaries and maintaining objectivity to avoi...
“G-d has given me a good portion.” (Genesis 30:20) Leah’s sixth son, Zebulun, embodies the ability to seek and find the gifts embedded within the everyday. Zebulun was a merchant tribe that partnered with the tribe of Issachar to support their study. Zebu...
“G-d has given me my reward.” (Genesis 30:18) Leah's fifth son, Issachar, embodies the notion of the reward​ that comes from hard work. The painting takes us to the Jezreel valley in the north, where the quilted landscape shows the lush reward of the pion...
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