This was a challenging painting – I was asked to paint a certain spot on Grantchester Meadows, on a certain November day. I was asked to include the water lilies and the weeping willow that had added to the beauty of a certain moment. When I went, armed with Google Maps, to find the exact […]
Sam Carter and Alex Olivier, the new owners of Restaurant 22 on Chesterton Road, Cambridge, commissioned me to paint the restaurant for use on the greetings cards that they give diners who are celebrating a special occasion. I suggested I paint the restaurant’s iconic stained glass window, but from the inside, which is how you […]
I recently completed a painting for the Judge Business School, part of the University of Cambridge. They are using this design for prints and gifts for their VIP guests. This painting was one of the trickiest I have ever painted – so many fiddly bits!
Not so much a commission as a joint project. Philippa Hayward of the gorgeous Aabelard asked me to draw ‘my’ Cambridge skyline directly onto the leather of one of their beautiful aprons, as a competition prize for photography as part of the Eat Cambridge festival. Nerve wracking, but thrilling too!
I really enjoyed painting six of the lovely independent shops that make Clare in Suffolk such a gem of a place. They were commissioned by Sarah Barrington who runs one of these – Blue Dog Clare, and I supply her with cards featuring them. “Having seen Naomi’s work in another shop, I commissioned an illustration […]
I was asked by a university Professor to help with some drawings of members of a multidisciplinary team applying for a big grant. The aim was to unify their portraits for the big presentation – to give some idea of the members of the team without being bogged down by the details and differences in […]
This was painted as a Christmas present from Caroline Duffy to her husband Mark. As she is a design professional, with images at the heart of her business, Picture Genie, I felt especially honoured that she chose to commission me. “I had been a huge admirer of Naomi’s watercolour paintings for a number of years […]
A woman and her family commissioned me to paint her grandparents at their own front door surrounded by all the visitors they regularly had to their beautiful garden. I had a list of what I needed to include. Can you spot the fox, hedgehog, woodpecker, chaffinches, wrens, black squirrel, blue tits and the pigeon? The house is named […]
This couple had previously enjoyed chatting about all the different Cambridge places in my paintings over a pizza at Tradizioni. So, for Christmas, he asked me to paint their first meeting – by the bike rack at closing time at The White Swan on Mill Road. It was to be a surprise, so the preparatory photos involved us roping […]
I was asked by a couple to recreate Love Bikes, but with the couple’s own favourite bikes. And when I randomly sprinkled the salt, as I sometimes do in my paintings, it started to work some unexpected magic, creating a perfect ring appeared. I think it made the painting even more about love than the first […]