I create whimsical fantasy worlds inspired by endless travel & exploration.


Hi, My name is Naomi!

I have spent much of my life abroad. I grew up in the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Much of my inspiration comes from my childhood of travel and immersion into a variety of cultures at such a young age.

Like many creatives I know, for as long as I can remember, I have made art. It began at an early age sketching in my mother's garden and photographing the neighborhood cats.

I have a formal education in graphic design and began pursuing illustration on my own after moving to Japan in 2013. I dove deep into painting digitally full time, and in that time my passion for drawing and painting blossomed. In 2015, I experienced painting in watercolor for the first time and found it to be the perfect medium for traveling with and haven't put it down since.

My first art book, "First Light - A Field Journal of Adventures in Art", features this first year of work in watercolor.

My Work

I love creating worlds that reflect my deep desire for adventure, exploration, and magical imagination. My artwork revolves around imaginative worlds, epic fantasy environments, and visual storytelling, and I am often inspired by a location or the feeling embodied in an area I have visited. Many of my paintings include small figures in contrast with immersive landscapes to emphasize scale and depth. I currently work primarily in both digital and watercolor mediums but am always trying new things and looking for novel ways to enchant my audience.


Inspiration & Travel

I am passionate about all aspects of life, and I devote a significant amount of time to travel, photography, reading and writing, camping and hiking in addition to my art. My paintings reflect this deep desire to explore not only the world I live in but also the ones that are not yet invented.


I currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area with my awesome and supportive husband, Anson, and our siamese cat, Zara.


My artwork is complete when we share the experience & you become apart of the worlds that I create.

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