On my first journey to Israel I fell in love with the land. Since that I travel to Israel 14 times. During a trip to Israel in 2015, I stood on Mount Elon Moreh in Samaria and when visiting local small businessmen, I fell in love, again... this time I fell in love with the people of Israel. The hard-tested lovely Israeli families.
In overwhelming love, I went home to the studio in Sweden and began painting one of these wonderful families. Investigations I made showed that the small businesses survived becouse of the initiative of Lev Haolam. The founder is the lawyer Nati Rom and his family. I contacted Nati and told him I would like to paint a portrait of him and his family. He felt honored and it was okey that I made the portraits.
Nati Rom has now the original paintings, as an artcollector he knows the value and quality of the paintings and wanted the first hand opportunity to buy them. So happy and grateful that the paintings now is with the family I portrayed back in 2016, now the paintings have "come home".
Why it happend to be Nati Rome and his family I painted, has to do with their impressive work in Samaria and Judea. with the project Lev Haolam. An organization for small entrepreneurs., Lev Haolam collects products from entrepreneurs and exports the package to the whole world! A fantastic initiative by the founder Nati Rom, who does this for entrepreneurs in Israel so they can live on what they love to do in a country facing many difficulties, boycotts and terror, despite all this, they work against all ods and have a huge hope for the future. A lot of amazing work is taking place in Israel and behind all projects and inventions stands heroes. People of Israel, who makes an incredible sacrifices for their country, a country they love, it gave me inspiration to paint these paintings.