Mee’tal is the maiden name of Israeli born Julie M. Berman. Its meaning arising from the morning dew is an appropriate name for a child of Survivors, for each survivor arose from the ashes of the camps and ghettos into a new and promising tomorrow. At age 12 she moved to the United States with her parents who were looking to move away from the wars. She lived in New York where she continued her passion for art. Studying at Cooper Union School of art and then receiving a degree from FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology.
After meeting her husband they moved to Texas where she raised two wonderful children and helped her husband with his medical practice. In 1996 Meetal left the medical field and returned to her passion-Art. Her first goal was to complete the Holocaust Series. This series of paintings have been a calling that Meetal has always felt she had. Telling her parent's stories created an ever present responsibility in her life. For years she struggled to find someone who would write their stories in book form before she realized that it would be up to her to get this done. As an artist she also realized that her form of education and documentation would be on canvas. With that in mind she set out to paint three paintings, one for her mother, one for her father and one to show the out come of their struggles. Two years later she emerged with ten paintings. Some of the paintings were not planned at all “I often felt as though I was just a tool in producing these paintings. “There were other forces in control of my paint brush.” It has been an incredible experience, one that has been very gratifying and comforting. It's as though I have fulfilled a mission." The Holocaust series is now a part of the "Color of Memory" exhibition which is sponsored by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. Together with artist Veronique Jonas, they have created this traveling show to help educate younger generations of what hatred is capable of.
Today Meetal's work has evolved into a spiritual expression which has come from years of studying Kabbalah, the world’s oldest body of spiritual wisdom. "Its a wondrous Journey." Technically, the ability to ‘see things,’ faces or figures, in a highly fractured surfaces, recommended by Leonardo de Vinci as a way to exercise the imagination, is now termed ‘physiognomic perception,’ and is known to be a common faculty among children. Meetal uses this ability to interpret Kabbalah and once again teach the beauty of the universe.
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