Black and white commission

This painting is the reason I recently started working in black and white. A local collector asked if I would create a painting for him in black and white. After we discussed the painting, I had in front of me a somewhat daunting list of elements to be included in the painting: urban but no buildings, almost melancholy, rain, mist or sand, very black at the top, and a little rust color thrown in (to pick up the brown in his bedroom furniture). To be titled “Carnival in Kyoto” because the collector already owns “Carnival No.2” (see second pic) and he has very fond memories of a trip to Kyoto, Japan. And just to make things more challenging for myself, I decided the painting also needed to be energetic and masculine. Needless to say, I spent a lot more time trying to figure out what I how to include all of the above than actually creating the painting. But in the end, it all worked out and the collector is thrilled! Which makes me a very happy artist. 🙂


Carnival in Kyoto (2018), 10″x30″ acrylic finger painting on stretched canvas


Carnival No. 2 (2013) 10×30 finger painting on stretched canvas




My abstract paintings are created through the spontaneous application of paint with my fingers. This technique has enabled me to create a variety of textures and designs that I cannot achieve with a brush. Although I have spent most of my art career as a finger painting artist, I also use a very fine brush to create surreal landscapes. While these landscapes retain the dreamy feel of my abstracts, they incorporate more realistic details such as grass and flowers. The colors in my work are saturated, yet you'll find subtle variations in the hues. My paintings are not only known for their vibrant and profound colors, but also for their textures. People often report feeling both energized and calm while looking at my work. About the artist Naomi’s art has been seen in numerous venues in St. Louis since she began painting in 2009. Her work has also been shown in Lexington, Kentucky, Boston, Massachusetts, and Lyon, France. Naomi’s paintings can be found in private collections throughout United States and Europe. Naomi holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Russian Areas Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has never received formal training as an artist, but she can trace her somewhat twisted path from ESL teacher, to political consultant, to website creator (just to name a few) to artist. Naomi is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where she lives with her husband.

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2 comments on “Black and white commission
  1. delacybrown says:

    Wonderful! And I love how well these landscapes adapt to the very vertical portrait format 🙂


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