NAME: Naomi Hughes
CITY: Austin, TX
|"Girl in Yellow" 20"x14", Oil|
Originally from Houston, Naomi Hughes moved to New York after high school to study painting and writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She spent her junior undergraduate year as an exchange student at Oxford University in the U.K. where she studied under the art historian and novelist, Linda Proud Smith, and spent her off-hours reading Ruskin and drawing fossils and other curiosities in the Oxford Natural History Museum. Between trimesters, she toured the continent’s art museums. For the past six years, she has fervently pursued the study of academic realism on her own and with mentors, Tony Ryder and Scott Waddell.
Naomi’s two children are classical violin students. Her own artistic practice has been deeply influenced by Suzuki Method music pedagogy—the core belief of which is that with the right environment, development of proper working habits, and consistent practice, mastery is available to anyone. Naomi educates her children at home and they very often work alongside her in the studio so the principles of talent education are never very far from her mind.
She teaches classical drawing and painting to private students and frequently paints commissioned works. She has only recently begun showing her work publicly but has in the past year been a finalist for the Artist’s Magazine Annual Competition and the Hunting Art Prize. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America.
She is a passionate gardener and reader and is currently designing architectural plans for a tiny house.