Naomi is inspired by the land: its organic shapes, colours, and textures, along with its literal offerings – the landscape, the flora, the fauna, and the animals that inhabit it. She has always been inspired by her cultural heritage and the traditional art and clothing that represents the indigenous people near and far from where she comes from; that being the Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories. Growing up on Latham Island in Yellowknife surrounded by the water of the Great Slave Lake, and spending childhood summers on the Deh Cho (Mackenzie River) at her grandparents camp, Grandview NT, has gifted to her love and appreciation for the beauty of the wild, the endearment of wide open spaces.
Naomi was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT of Gwich'in and Metis descent. Blending traditional materials with contemporary techniques allows Naomi to pay homage to her cultural heritage, whilst giving her work a distinctive edge. Naomi completed the Jewelry and Small Object Design Program at Kootenay School of the Arts, in Nelson BC.