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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.

A FRIEND’S TRIBUTE TO NAOMI
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


  • Add to cartView DetailsWoven Callas

    Woven Callas – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Woven Callas

    24 x 29

    Framed Watercolor

    Calla Lilies are wonderful cone shaped flowers that suggest many possibilities in designing a painting of them. Weaving two paintings together, but keeping the flowers in shape was the challenge in doing this piece.


  • Add to cartView DetailsBlue Etude

    Blue Etude – Naomi Brotherton

    $800.00

    Blue Etude

    Framed 30 x 23

    Ink & Watercolor

    Approaching this corner was a calming experience. A quiet stop to sketch inspires a later painting suggesting the possibility of birds providing a melody in harmony with the mood of the place. The choice of one hue for the painting gives it a harmony of its own with only a bit of color contrast.


  • Add to cartView DetailsAround the Bend

    Around the Bend – Naomi Brotherton

    $500.00

    Around the Bend

    21 x 28

    Framed Watercolor

    The concept of perspective was dawning on me before I learned to draw, as I peered down the tracks while we waited for our connecting train, which was likely to be late. I had plenty of time for observation.


  • Add to cartView DetailsArrival time

    Arrival Time – Naomi Brotherton

    $600.00

    Arrival Time

    23 x 30 Framed

    Watercolor

    SOLD

    Our train trips seemed always to be at night, and lounging in the waiting room of the station or staring down the track watching for the light of the incoming train helped pass the waiting time. Luggage began to accumulate on the platform where the train would stop to allow boarding.


  • Add to cartView DetailsEngine and Engineer

    Engine and Engineer – Naomi Brotherton

    $450.00

    Engine and Engineer

    Framed 20 x 27

    Watercolor

    In my youth riding trains was the best choice for travel. Going by car on dirt roads, usually muddy, was not great. However, there were many hours spent waiting for trains to arrive, affording many hours to watch the handling of the engines as they maneuvered equipment about the train yards. In this same cab space with the engineer pictured here, there would be a fireman who fed the flames by shoveling coal from the coal car which was part of the engine, essential to produce the steam to propel the engine and the train.


  • Add to cartView DetailsSignal Lantern

    Signal Lantern – Naomi Brotherton

    $500.00

    Signal Lantern

    Framed 28 x 21

    Watercolor

    Many lanterns were used by the crews on the train, especially by the Brakeman who rode in the Caboose and waved signals to the Engineer before the train could move on. Found in storage, this lantern was larger, and appeared be a temporary signal at a switch in case of emergency. Became an interesting still life, don’t you think?


  • Add to cartView DetailsCaboose at a Switch

    Caboose at a Switch – Naomi Brotherton

    $500.00

    Caboose at a Switch

    Framed 22 x 28

    Watercolor

    SOLD

    The caboose was a mysterious part of the train to me. Who had the privilege of riding in it? The Brakeman of course, and he conveyed his messages by hand-held flag or lantern signals. He literally rearranged the tracks at the switches as needed while the engineer awaited his signal to “go” or “back up.”


  • Add to cartView DetailsCaboose Abstraction

    Caboose Abstraction – Naomi Brotherton

    $450.00

    Caboose Abstraction

    Framed 20 x 27

    Watercolor

    On car trips, we played a game to see if we could get to the next train crossing in time to see the caboose. Sometimes we were rewarded by a wave of the hand by one or more crew members.


  • Add to cartView DetailsWalking the Dog

    Walking the Dog – Naomi Brotherton

    $550.00

    Walking the Dog

    Framed 21 x 27

    Watercolor

    The objective in my night scenes is to emphasize the mystery of night by having a large dark silhouette. While painting this dark area, a shape of a dog appeared in the shadows and I decided to “go with it”. I didn’t want the dog to be alone at night, so added the figure to complete the story.


  • Add to cartView DetailsMom's Treasure

    Mom’s Treasure – Naomi Brotherton

    $495.00

    Mom's Treasure

    Framed 22 x 18

    Watercolor

    This is part of a25th anniversary gift that my Mom used proudly, many times as she entertained friends. Painting silver is like painting a contorted mirror with its reflections which proved to be an interesting challenge.


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