Naomi Hart grew up in the Northern Wilds of Minnesota where the natural world became her education and her refuge. Hart uses symbolism from nature to tell the story of humanity in a manner that bears witness to the connective threads we all share. While dark and introspective, Hart’s work maintains a sense of hopeful wonder and joy. The viewer is quickly pulled in to find their own story within the many layers of each piece. “My work is always an attempt to illustrate the elusive “now”, so ripe with potential; dark, mysterious, and fleeting.
Naomi uses a multitude of drawing and painting materials to render on birch panels, laboring over exquisitely detailed renderings and fantastical creatures. Ultimately each panel finds it way to her encaustic studio for a final application of hot wax. “Encaustic (hot wax) painting lends itself to the manner in which I tell my stories visually. It is a versatile and engaging process which produces a sensual warmth that enriches my story and gives history and grounding to each piece”
Hart is a storyteller and a self described time traveler who is passionately bridging the chasm between her story and yours.