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Naomi Brotherton – SWS NWO TWS WFWS

Naomi’s interest and fascination for drawing and painting began at age 6 and has not diminished. Although Macular Degeneration has plagued her eyesight for several years, her passion to paint pushes her through to continue painting her creation of masterpieces.
Her acclaims are many. Among them is her earned privilege of Signature member of Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS), National Watercolor Oklahoma (NWO), Texas Watercolor Society (TWS), and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies (WFWS) comprised of 12 Watercolor Societies from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, San Diego and Utah. To earn a ‘Signature’ status with these, or any other Art Organization requires multiple acceptances to that organization’s exhibitions. Having just one such Signature acclimate is a major accomplishment for an artist but Naomi’s work has earned her a place in four; quite an accomplishment and a testament to the talent and gifting of Naomi.

Naomi’s Story
Naomi was born in 1920 and her first recollection of art instruction was at age 6. Her parents would put a pencil and paper in her hand to keep her quiet during church and a lady sitting next to her showed her how to draw wavy hair. Drawing became her main interest which, in school, resulted in only average grades. Drawing was considered “play” and still is today.
Naomi sought and achieved her Art Degree at Baylor but was enthusiastic and took many more art classes than were required for her degree. From Baylor she started working in commercial art, a direction of pursuit for about 25 years. This included a stint in NYC where she attended the Art Students League for a couple of years and painted/exhibited in Carnegie Hall. “Yes, I made it to the Carnegie Hall,” says Naomi.
Watercolor is her preferred medium and through the years she has attended workshops taught by some of the best nationally known watercolorists.
Because of Naomi’s attained expertise with watercolor, a book, “Variations in Watercolor”, was written about Naomi’s work. It was sold through a national art book club, resulting in invitations and her seeing much of the United States and Bermuda as she traveled to teach her ways with watercolor with emphasis on’ times of day’ and ‘kinds of weather’.
As you can see from Naomi’s story, she has painted most all of her life and spent the last 33 years sharing Artisan’s Studio/Gallery as her ‘Home Base’ for teaching and creativity. Although Naomi continues to paint a limited stash of her work is now being made available at Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine. Not only is her art work accredited and in the upper echelon of gifted artists, but is an excellent ‘Fine Art’ investment.

I’ve known Naomi for a bunch of years, had the opportunity to take lessons from her and more than anything, the opportunity to be her friend. Amazing artist. If you have not had the opportunity to see her work, do so now. If you have the opportunity to meet Naomi, don’t miss it.
My favorite story about Naomi: On her 90th birthday she taught classes at her gallery and studio most of the day. After getting ready to leave and go to the Southwest Watercolor Society meeting where a society birthday party was held for her, she told her studio partner… “I’m a little tired today”. Love it.
Ken Reese

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    Floor Show – Naomi Brotherton


    Floor Show

    Framed 31 x 41


    Oh, there it was… my next subject, a beautiful potted begonia plant begging to be painted.  My studio partner had brought it for his class to arrange on a small table but he had left it on the floor.  I liked the unusual concept of looking down on it like a map. So I started painting on the nearest watercolor paper without much thought about the placement on the rectangle.  The color was working well, so I laid another paper next to it so as to include the other objects on the floor. The long stems of the lotus pods helped establish the floor concept. This became a diptych. The two paintings could be framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or framed together as shown. Together they make a unique design.

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    Smith Family Home Nocturne – Naomi Brotherton


    Smith Family Home Nocturne

    Framed 23 x 27


    Depicting the mystery of night is the objective in the night scenes which I have painted for many years. The dark silhouettes away from the single light source lets the viewer imagine what is in those deep shadows, giving it Mystery.

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    Sippin’ Time – Naomi Brotherton


    Sippin’ Time

    Framed 21 x 25

    Watercolor collage

    As I was destroying what I had judged as an unsuccessful painting, I noticed a completely different and interesting picture developing on the table top with the torn edges forming a white lace holding the parts together like a net.

    The original painting was to suggest, with its bright colors the temptation to taste the different wines. Studying and adjusting it over a year, it finally was complete.

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    Moon Flower – Naomi Brotherton


    Moon Flower

    Framed 33 x 47



    True to its name, "Moon Flower" (Jimson weed) blossoms only open in the middle of the night. With flash lights and cameras, we got images of the full bloom in progress, which lasted till the sun touched its petals next morning. The painting depicts the blooming process life size from left to right…dusk to dawn.

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    Garden Glads – Naomi Brotherton


    Garden Glads

    Framed 34 x 20


    The problem with Gladiolas is to show how tall they are and the soft colors in the blossoms on a single stem. This gives an interesting and daring challenge for hanging the painting.

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    Harvest from the Yard – Naomi Brotherton


    Harvest from the Yard

    Framed 29 x 33


    Daisy mums come in several colors and varieties. This combination of pink and white mums gave me a bit of nostalgia and I wanted to s how them in a setting as a still life. The blue cup introduced a cool to the otherwise rather warm ambience.

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    Closing Time ll – Naomi Brotherton


    Closing Time II

    Framed 21 x 28

    Transparent Watercolor

    Capturing the mystery of night in a painting has been an objective for me since the 1960s when a student asked “Could we paint a night scene?”

    That started it, and the paintings I have done with this theme have been published in several books and magazines. Emphasis is gained by limiting to one, maybe two, sources of light in the scene.

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    Pasture Gate – Naomi Brotherton


    Pasture Gate

    Framed 23 x 30

    Transparent Watercolor


    While driving across country alone I have enjoyed studying the trees which mark where fence rows have been established by the farmer or rancher.

    Furnished with seeds by the birds and animals, the plants resulting mark the age of the enclosure according to the size of the trees.

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    Suppertime – Naomi Brotherton



    Framed 22 x 29


    Can you hear Maw calling for the “tribe” to come in for dinner?

    This large residence was an interesting silhouette in which I could use the porch light as my small lit area. Darkness of night causing intrigue, one might wish to see this house in daylight. But that would be impossible because I made it up.

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    Evening Looking East – Naomi Brotherton


    Evening Looking East

    Framed 49 x 34


    Exiting our down town Post Office one evening, I saw the glorious colors of the setting sun reflected in the several glass buildings. I immediately set about to express that time of day with one typical building, tall and stately wearing its gleaming apparel.

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