SHE took these sympathetic and unprotected
creatures and elevated them, channeling her
emotional need to protect and preserve.
“That was definitely in my thinking with the
polar bears,” she says. “Because I was and had
been so disturbed about what was happening
to their world. They’re going to become extinct.”
The polar bears provided a fun challenge for the artist.
“It was a nice opportunity to paint so many different whites
in the polar bear fur,” she says. “As a painter I find that very
exciting. The contrast, and that you also have to get all the
spacing of their features correct.”
From polar bears she moved on to rabbits, “because they’re
sort of at the bottom of the food chain.”
“I just feel that they’re so incredibly vulnerable,” she says.
“And you know, being a woman, I can relate. Because some-times
you feel like prey. I think that’s why I picked them.”
When you experience susceptibility, you can appreciate
the softness and relief when you can share it. But that doesn’t
happen in general conversations, or in business. To see it in
a painting as a subtle reflection of a reserved aspect of self is
an opportunity to appreciate and experience that emotion
After rabbits, she began painting foxes.
“Even though they’re hunters, they’re also extremely at risk
because they’re so hated, they’re looked at as vermin,” she says.
“But they’re also so gorgeous, and so incredibly beautiful.”
Naomi became more interested in foxes while developing
an online relationship with a group in England that rescues
“I would get all these images of young foxes who had been
caught in traps and were being rehabilitated,” she says. “The
current series was something that developed.”
WA L K
Originally from New York, artist Naomi Jones now lives and
paints in Greensboro.
from a watercolor
by Mary Ellen Golden
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