Young Queen Esther

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      An original oil painted impressionist portrait of a little girl in a regal costume by Oregon fine artist and modern portrait painter Talya Johnson.

      Behind the Canvas

      The biblical story of Queen Esther's rescue of her people has long been a favorite story of mine. So I could not resist painting my little Israeli cousin wearing her Queen Esther Purim consume. The reference photo was taken in Jerusalem. Her confidence, strength, and beauty gave me a feel for what the courageous Queen Esther might have been like. I marvel at the thought of such a powerful generation being raised up safely in the land of their ancestors.