Naomi Van Doren

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De­scrib­ing her­self as an artist, il­lus­tra­tor and global no­mad, Naomi lives in Tokyo, Ja­pan with her hus­band and two cats. “I don’t have any for­mal train­ing in art, although I’ve al­ways loved to sketch.”

Naomi be­gan paint­ing in 2013. “I en­joy a more tra­di­tional, painterly style of work and find in­spi­ra­tion from many tra­di­tional artists,” she says. “What I en­joy most is telling sto­ries through a mix of char­ac­ters and en­vi­ron­ments. My art of­ten fea­tures strong fe­male fig­ures, and life-and-death or ro­man­tic themes.”

1 TIME “I cre­ated this piece for a con­testco around the theme ‘time pass­ing’. It was inspired by a day spent wan­der­ing among rocks like these in Kura Tawhiti, New Zealand. It’s a story of a cou­ple re­united af­ter her death.”

2 RE­UNION AT THE GATES OF HEAVEN “A fan sug­gested the ti­tle of this piece and it stuck. I started this piece with the idea of a city gate and con­fetti or flow­ers fall­ing on the cou­ple.”

3 GUARDIAN “This piece be­gan with the in­tent to im­prove my fig­ures and drap­ery. In this piece I found my work is more co­he­sive when I paint in all of my tex­tures by hand.”

4 IN SHADOW “The mo­ment right be­fore the ac­tion. This piece is the be­gin­ning of a world I’m only be­gin­ning to ex­plore. It’s inspired by my child­hood. I be­gan this piece with a lot of stud­ies of Ba­li­nese stone ar­chi­tec­ture and stat­ues. Her cloth­ing is in­flu­enced by the tra­di­tional Pa­puan dress as well as from other parts of In­done­sia.”

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