Born in Israel, Ora Tamir, Israeli painter, immigrated to California in 1980. Ora’s Oil Paintings are purely intuitive, surreal with a futuristic quality and haunting beauty. The images are personal, touch the soul and have a distinct unique feel to them. Each of Ora’s original oil paintings are a long labor of love. The first step is an idea. A wooden board is coated with gesso (a painter’s medium) and sanded until a very smooth undercoat results. Oil paints and sable brushes are used to paint a complete background. After it has dried, another layer is applied. Symbolic stories are created and images come to life. The painting evolves and changes; it is finished when, as Ora says, “It feels right”. Completing a painting takes anywhere from a month, to several years.