Naomi Marino is a contemporary realist painter based in Northern California and classically trained in Florence, Italy. The rolling oak studded hills and vineyards of her native Sonoma County nurtured a love of observing nature with pencils in hand, while travels abroad inspired a continuing appetite for cultural history, symbolism, mythology, and traces of the past. Naomi received her BFA with honors from the University of California Santa Cruz. Her fascination with Italian Renaissance art and Dutch still life painting led to a two year apprenticeship with Bay Area realist painter Charles Becker. Further interest in exploring time honored techniques, especially figural and portrait painting, led her to relocate to Florence in December 2006 to study classical realism at the Angel Academy of Art. There she followed a rigorous program headed by Maestro Michael John Angel, a former student of renowned Tuscan painter Pietro Annigoni. Naomi also served as an instructor at the academy and continues to teach privately. Her work has earned various awards and scholarships, and can be found in private and public collections in Europe, North America, and Australia.
Art should be life enhancing. I experience the act of painting as meditation, losing myself in my work. Initially I’m engaged in abstract considerations such as the rhythm of light and dark shapes, intervals of space, gesture and movement. The narrative potential of objects offers an additional level of interest, and their study becomes a means of focusing intensely on the present and the beauty of light falling across form. I find that each object, each scene, each person, has its own beauty and darkness, vitality and impermanence, strength and vulnerability. I am fascinated by this duality, by life’s contradictions, and by the mutability of interpretation.