Naomi Taitz Duffy is originally from the Bronx in New York City. She attended the High School of Music and Art and earned a Bachelors of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. At university Naomi majored in illustration and was introduced to printmaking which she considers a big influence on her painting. She went on to work in graphic design and eventually took a turn in her career to earn a Masters Degree in Education in 2004. Naomi spent the next ten years teaching students from kindergarten to fifth grade- from a start-up charter school in Harlem, NY to a small independent school in Washington DC. During her early years teaching in New York, she attended classes at the Art Students' League where she met her husband Austin in a figure drawing class. After moving to Washington DC and having her first child in 2012, Naomi shifted her focus back to her art. Now apart from caring for her two young children she has committed herself to painting. In 2017, Naomi and her family relocated from the United States to Dublin, Ireland where she is now based. Her work is held in private collections internationally.
ABOUT MY WORK
My mother tells me that when I was very young she thought I wouldn’t be very interested in art, because while the other children were drawing pictures of dogs and houses, I was scribbling patches of color across the paper. In a way I guess I’m still doing that in a different medium. Now it’s acrylic paints, pens, and sometimes bits of collage on large and small wood panels.
My paintings have evolved over the past several years from representational oil paintings to colorful acrylic abstractions based on pattern and geometry. Even as an illustrator in college I came to realize that I was less interested in creating figurative compositions and more excited by drawing patterns on a shirt or letting the leaves on a tree take on an abstract form. My other obsession is color- I am endlessly fascinated by the way colors shift and clash when placed alongside each other, and this interest has become perhaps the most prominent aspect of my work. I’ve never been able to plan a painting in advance- even when I try the composition takes on it’s own life and I just need to follow along and listen to it.