Originally from New York, Naomi currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with her husband, sculpture and mobile artist Jay Jones, their three sons, and dogs. She was awarded a BFA with Honors from State University of NY at Purchase. There she studied color photography, graphic design, sculpture and painting. She has worked in fashion, museum and trade show display, home furnishings and spent ten years as an elementary school art teacher. Besides painting, she loves food, reading and the ocean.
I am happiest when painting. It is a way of communicating with myself and then eventually with the viewer. I painted commercially for years and enjoy the physical repetition of it. I get great satisfaction from the Zen element of the act. Lately I have been concentrating on portraits, of both animals and people. I feel a growing connection with animals and I am interested in the kind of intelligence they convey through eye contact.
I find inspiration in the natural world and beautiful diverse wildlife. I am influenced by the art of Van Gogh, Matisse, Sargent, Kahlo, O’Keefe. I paint a form of heightened realism. I am injecting illustration into my painting so as not to be tied to an absolute photographic style of rendering. Sometimes I want it to be about the edges, or the lines and the light and the contrast of planes.