We had the good fortune of connecting with Naomi Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naomi, what do you attribute your success to?
I would probably have to say believing in my unique subject especially when it wasn’t popular. I envisioned it being successful at one point in my art career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t consider myself a fancy artist. I don’t have a big art studio to paint out of. I purposely paint out of my bedroom for a couple of reasons. I am a mom first, so my girls know where to find me. I like to wake up and see my painting sitting there reminding me that I need to paint and finish them. The biggest part of being an artist for me is a discipline in the drive your talent dies without these two important parts. Another important part is feeling the emotional connection or like to say that emotional high when I pay my subject. This feeling kicks the drive-in for me we are both emotional high in the drive, you then can become passionate about what you were painting. It’s the best feeling as an artist when you have all of these key elements. This is when you can produce some of your best work. I am guilty of losing a few of these key elements lately, due to COVID. I liked having deadlines and shows to paint for. It helps me to stay focused. Those have all been cancelled so I have tried motivate myself and simply paint for the love of painting with no deadlines or shows or galleries to paint for.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would probably spend most of the time at my new little casita. We just recently moved to a 3 acre, little peace of desert heaven on the edge of Queen Creek up between the San Tan mountains. This 1,000 sq ft casita will eventually be our guest house. We are living here while we build our larger home right next to it. There is nothing for miles to the west of us. Just beautiful pristine desert filled with lots of saguaros. The sunsets are to die for almost every evening. It’s very beautiful and I am still pinching myself. So back to a few spots that I would take my friend after hanging out at our property.. I would have to take my friend to Scottsdale to my favorite restaurant called Houston’s. It’s amazing and has a nice balance of atmosphere and high quality food. After dinner we would drive back to Queen Creek to catch a movie at the drive In theatre at Snepff Farms. Might wake up in the morning and hit the trails in the San Tan mountains. Towards the end of the week, we would head up to the Grand Canyon for a day or two. Depending on the season, we would take the pop up to set up camp for those few days while we explored the Grand Canyon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say my husband, my better half. The few times that I doubted my subject of Joshua Tree National Park and put it on the back burner and didn’t make it my priority, he always encouraged me to continue to paint it and he would remind me that it was part of who I was. It was in my heart and to not give up and to paint this subject that I was so passionate about. He also helped me to look at my art in a business sense and to value myself and no under evaluate my artwork.
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