“Lulav Landscape” (2016) by Colorado artist Risa Aqua is based on the prayer we say while fulfilling the mitzvah of the lulav and etrog in the sukkah, and brings to mind the beautiful landscapes of Colorado where The Sukkah Project® is based.
Risa Aqua is an illustrator and calligrapher specializing in commemorative art. After completing a BFA in visual art from Colorado State University she spent 14 months studying and volunteering in Israel, which sealed her love of the Hebrew language. After her return to the U.S. Risa worked in the architecture and design field until she began making ketubot (Jewish marriage contracts) for close friends, and her career took a ninety-degree turn. Over the past three decades, her unique, sometimes whimsical creations have been commissioned by many hundreds of individuals, families and organizations to honor achievements and life passages.
“Calligraphy is a challenging discipline and a passion of mine,” says Risa. “The letters are like my friends, each with its own personality. Making ketubot and other text-based art allows me to combine my love of the Hebrew language with my love of color, shape, and light.”
Risa lives in Denver with her husband, the musician and artist Hal Aqua.