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Naomi Brotherton

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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 33 years sharing Artisan’s Studio/Gallery as her ‘Home Base’ for teaching and creativity.

For many years Naomi has suffered from Macular Degeneration, an age-related degenerative condition affecting the central part of the retina. However, because of her love for painting she created a way to continue painting through most of 2018. Although Naomi’s vision has finally reached the point that she can hardly paint, she continues to conduct an art workshop once a month.  She is very remarkable artist.

Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine is privileged to represent and offer the remaining limited stash of Naomi’s work.  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.  Not only did I have the opportunity to take lessons from her, more than anything I’ve had 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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  • Begonia Floor Show 1 – Namoi Brotherton

    $600.00

    Begonia Floor Show 1

    Framed 25.5 x 29.75

    Watercolor

    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 are framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or purchased separately. Either way they make a unique design.

  • Begonia Floor Show 2 – Namoi Brotherton

    $600.00

    Begonia Floor Show 2

    Framed 22.5 x 29.75″

    Watercolor

    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 are framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or purchased separately. Either way they make a unique design.

  • Snow collects in and on Trees – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Snow Collects in and on Trees

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    In the late 1960s I wanted to paint snow scenes, but living in Texas we seldom had much snow and I had not seen any in a number of years. Woke up one Dallas morning with 6 inches of snow all over.  I got to see what the weight of it did to various trees, plants and other things.
    In my childhood my Mom would collect some really clean show… add vanilla, sugar and a little milk for an ice cream treat midwinter.

  • Country Cabin – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Country Cabin

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    Traveling across the country, where there is lots of agriculture, one can detect where the farmer’s home is likely to be… in a cluster of trees. 
    Where prevailing winds are very strong, a row of trees near the home can be a wind breaker.
    The trees around this small house might cast cool shade on it in morning and afternoon.

  • To the Back Forty – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    To the Back Forty

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    In my youth, though we lived in town, we frequently visited various farms and I became aware that nearly every farm had a “Back Forty” where you were warned to keep the gate closed.  It seemed to be an important area as the farmer would so often refer to it.  It is still a mystery to me why it seemed to be hallowed ground.

  • Feeding in Morning Fog – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Feeding in Morning Fog

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    There is mystery in the slow soft movement of fog. One minute you may see the cows and wonder if the farmer is out there too.  If you look hard enough might you see him?
    To me this has been a challenge for my paintings to show that mystery… “now you see it, now you don’t.”

  • Awaiting the Helmsman – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Awaiting the Helmsman

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    The stand of trees seems to have grown in an old fence row.  The boat seems to be expecting the fisherman for a trip to check his lines left earlier.  Hopefully, there will be fish to fry tonight.

  • Wintering Willows – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Wintering Willows 

    Framed 23 x 30”

    Watercolor

    In the artist’s language, cold is expressed with blue and green.  In this subject the leaves are gone and the limbs and twigs make a pattern of lace against the sky. The cool colors suggest that it is winter, thus setting the scene for ones’ imagination.

  • Southern Beauty – Naomi Brotherton

    $750.00

    Southern Beauty

    Framed 22 x 26

    Watercolor

  • Canyon Land – Naomi Brotherton

    $700.00

    Canyon Land

    Framed 22 x 30

    Watercolor

  • Shine On – Naomi Brotherton

    $1,000.00

    Shine On

    Framed 23 x 30

    Watercolor

    Night Scapes are a specialty of mine.  This moon was amazingly bright and created both color and the dark so well; had to paint it.  Shine On beautiful moon.

  • Open After Dark – Naomi Brotherton

    $900.00

    Open After Dark

    Framed 25 x 19

    Watercolor