Drawing and painting came with growing up for Naomi as her mother taught her as a child, and she considers herself fortunate in having had good art teachers at school. She won the senior art cup in high school and attended the University of Cape Town's art school for two years, studying mainly figure drawing, design, clay modeling, pottery and still life. Some years later she attended technical college in Durban, South Africa, studying painting and colour compatibility in oil paint.
There followed many years doing office work, being married, playing and teaching the violin, taking part in art workshops and bringing up a child.
After immigrating to Canada in 1982 she exhibited in numerous shows and sold paintings in several towns in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She and her husband retired at the end of 2001 and moved to British Columbia, when she decided to concentrate on art. She joined several art groups and her paintings were chosen for two of the international exhibitions "Painting on the Edge".
Landscape paintings give her a lot of pleasure, as does landscape and trying to paint it. She believes God is immanent in his creation and has made a beautiful world which she likes to celebrate. She tries to communicate this in the patterns, colours and moods noticed in likely subjects and enjoys trying to make a beautiful thing, believing that beauty is healing.
The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.
The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division