I work in acrylics and mixed media on abstract paintings inspired by my travels to places touched by strong sun, the sea and outdoor markets – India, Istanbul, Israel, Barcelona, Venice. Using layers of vivid colors and texture, the mystery of a place or experience begins to unfold as I paint. Most exciting is never knowing where I’m going in a painting – interacting attentively with each layer until the composition evolves. Exploring the process of creating without a clear result in mind allows wonderful accidents to occur. Staying in the present moment allows me to really see what emerges and build on those possibilities.
What fascinates me now are shapes and surfaces found within graffiti (Wynwood Walls, Miami and under old train bridges in the woods). Bits of strange metal fragments and cracked tile find their way into my work as mosaic–like windows. Embedding objects I find (on walks with my dog) into my artwork creates a rough kind of beauty very attractive to me.
I’m interested in what shows through the layers of paint each time I scrape through or glaze over it. How the painting evolves as each layer interacts with the layer below to emerge as a more fully formed piece with a composition that works. The contrasts between surface and depth, shape and texture, space and complexity. The act of painting itself, the sensuality of applying the paint in different ways gives me the most pleasure.
Naomi Deutscher is an Executive Presentation Coach with corporate clients in Finance, Insurance, Bio-pharmaceuticals, Research and Healthcare. Having built a successful consulting practice for the last 28 years, she achieved her dream to return to her first love of painting by becoming a resident artist at Holliston Mill.
A very early interest art led her to study oil painting in grade school (Gebhardt Studio, Cincinnati), photography while living in London (London Polytechnic), abstract acrylics (Naropa Institute, CO; Charles River Studio, Boston) and mixed media (Decordova Museum, Rockport Art Association). After many intensive workshops to study technique (New Mexico: Barbara Zaring, Alyce Frank, Ray Vinella), she sought out a coaching approach to develop her own style – working individually with artists (J. Jones, Ellen Rolli, Adria Arch & Marian Dioguardi).
She is having her own show the month of April 2013 in Ogunquit, ME at the Backyard Café.