JAI Featured Member/February 2024

Judy Dekel



JAI Featured Member

Judy Dekel

February 2024


JAI Featured Member

Judy Dekel

February 2024


My art reflects what I see when I look at the natural elements of nature all around me. I am always seeing the shapes, colors, light, shadows and defining lines that will make up the total image.

I am influenced by my own history and draw upon my experience and interests in all of the things that have been important to me and that have made me who I am today.

How I put all of this together on a two-dimensional surface, whether as a printmaker, watercolorist, or with a mix of various media is what becomes very exciting for me as an artist. I find that there is no finish line in sight.


Calla Lillies, watercolor, 20″ x 14″

Agave, watercolor, 20″ x 14″

The Journey Begins, 2023, oil-based inks on Rives BFK and Murillo paper, 11″ x 19″

The Journey Continues, 2023, oil-based inks on Rives BFK and Murillo paper, 11″ x 19″

The Journey is Complex, 2023, oil-based inks on Rives BFK and Murillo paper, 11″ x 19″


The Journey is Completed, 2023, oil-based inks on Rives BFK and Murillo paper, 11″ x 19″


Artist Statement: I made these monoprints in February 2023, and as I pulled each one from the press, I felt like I was on a journey. Creating a title for my artwork can be challenging, but not this series.

The first pull looked like an image with gates, doors, roads and interconnecting swirling shapes – some overlapping and some almost touching, creating tension.

I never know where the work will lead when I begin. As I pull one print after another, move the pieces around, turn some over and add more ink or additional shapes, I get lost in the moment and the process of creating. It leads me on its path… I’ll work on a series of prints for as long as it takes to reach a satisfying conclusion.

I’m like a traveler navigating an unknown map. This is what excites me about printmaking. I can plan, but often, I discover new, surprising and beautiful results as I work the plates.


Education: Fine Arts major at: University of Judaism, L.A. CA, University of Haifa, Israel, Printmaking at Otis Art Institute, LA, CA, UCLA- (Professional Certificate in Printmaking) and ongoing work with various Master Printers

Memberships: Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Artists Co-op7, Women Painters West, California Society of Printmakers, Collage Artists of America, Jewish Artists Initiative

Exhibits & More: Haifa Municipality Invitational, Art Teacher/Haifa Univ., Print Exchange Seoul, Korea, Ink & Clay Cal Poly, experimental Prints/Occidental College L.A. CA, Belfast Ireland Print Exchange LAPS, Riverside Art Museum Collection, Riverside City College, Quad Gallery, JAI Jerusalem Biennale 2015, 2017 & 2019, SLO Museum of Art, The Braid Gallery, The Hand Magazine, etc.


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About JAI


Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California organization committed to supporting Jewish artists and arts professionals. JAI aspires to be an agent of transformative change by organizing provocative exhibitions and thoughtful programs promoting diverse dialogue about Jewish identity and experiences. Founded in 2004, JAI remains committed to fostering Jewish culture in our community and beyond.


JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.

We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.



Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Sagi Refael, Doni Silver Simons, Hillel Smith, Ruth Weisberg, Cathy Weiss

How to Become a JAI Member: JAI welcomes applications for membership from artists and arts professionals. For how to apply and to view the selection criteria click on Join JAI in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at admin@jaisocal.org