Over and Out (2021)
These more recent works focus on snowy mountain scapes featuring stark contrasts of the white snow and rocks, contrasts that we often see at the extremes of the day—sunrise and sunset. At the same time, these new works invite the artist and the viewer to engage with the primary challenge of painting—creating a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. Naomi employs swaths of what appear at a distance to be flat, monochromatic surfaces to evoke the mystery and majesty of solid mountain peaks and crevasses lit by equally flat light. Closer inspection reveals detailed brushwork and layered paint surfaces, carefully and meticulously applied. Like a monumental mountainside at sunset, Naomi’s new work offers starkly contrasting fields of blacks, greys and whites built of the smallest of individual shadows. Some viewers have noted the similarity of these new works to Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. The shadowed shapes can evoke calligraphic figures, but the meaning is nature’s own, created by light and shadow.
All of these paintings are acrylic on stretched canvas and coated with a protective, high-gloss varnish. They are wired, so they may be hung without a frame. Naomi signs all of her paintings on the bottom edge of the canvas, but there is no signature on the front. The sides of the paintings are often painted to match a color on the bottom front of the paintings.