Naomi Joy Art
Wildlife and pet portrait Artist
How I become a unique Freelance Artist without starving and embraced my dream
I’m leaving university with a First Class Illustration degree and no idea what I should be doing. I’m struggling with my mental health after a relationship break down, severe stress and the fear of an unknown future. I’ve always known I want to create art in some way to feel fulfilled in my life, but I’m not sure how to do that and support myself.
I start a full time career job as an Art Teacher and I’m thoroughly enjoying teaching the skills I’ve learnt throughout my life. However I’m still stressed and miserable and no longer creating my own work.
Then I decide I need a big change in my life.
I meet my future husband and we decide to move to Bristol together, a city full of art and colour. I make a decision to focus on my own work.
However, what do I create? Or as many Artist asks, “What is MY style?”. I work on branding, logos, work for bands, make some sculptures. Whatever comes to me.
Until I paint something that changes the course of everything.
It is unusual because I am actually painting in my bed rather than my desk, fully in my pyjamas and everything. I have some photos from a local wildlife rescue centre and some of their residents are particularly photogenic!
I paint a dashing barn owl against a dark background. As soon as I complete it, I just know that’s what I want to be doing.
I start to turn down any work that didn’t involve animals at this point (not an easy decision when you are turning down paid work, but my heart wasn’t in it). I rebrand and start to seek out more animals to paint. I paint my housemate’s lovely King Charles Spaniel and again, make a breakthrough.
People start to send me their animal’s photos to paint from AND they are paying me! Dream job.
I then start to realise that it had been there in front of me for a while. I have always had a passion for animals, rescuing hedgehogs and mice as a child and bothering any tame animal that crosses my path. I’m a vegan and believe in compassion for all animals and whole heartedly want to make a positive difference in this world.
I have linked my true passions with the way that I work and I could not be happier. Earning a living from it is just a bonus that means I can keep doing what I love.
I do a lot of work for charities and help raise funds for those causes I truly want to help. I’m part of a project called The Art of Compassion who are collective art project involving vegan artists from all around the world. The aim is to raise funds through various art projects and donate 100% of the profits to vegan non-profit organisations, while opening the minds and hearts of people to animals and the global benefits of veganism. I am also able to donate a percentage of my commissioned work to Viva! who are a British animal rights group, which focuses on promoting veganism and running strong campaigns against animal cruelty.
In my spare time I volunteer to help British wildlife like working with Bristol Bat Rescue and undergoing training at the wildlife centre that I originally photographed the owl at, Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre.
I want to share my art tips, tricks and knowledge to inspire others them follow their own creative journey and be confident in their passions.
I create art on subjects that I am passionate about with full determination and integrity, whilst creating handmade art full of love for my clients to treasure.
I am Naomi Joy, an animal Artist and animal rights activist from Bristol UK. I specialise in highly detailed paintings with a modern twist which are full of character. I capture people’s animal companions forever with paint so they can be remembered and cherished for years to come.
If you would like to support what I do, have a bespoke piece of art made for you or a loved one or want to learn more about how I work please visit the commissions and shop tabs.
Meles Meles - 8th - 27th July, A2 Gallery Wells
Totterdown Arts Trail - November 2019
Solo Art show - TBC
Bath Vegan Fair - 20th July 2019, Bath
Totterdown Arts Trail - 24th and 25th November 2018, Bristol
Lockleaze Christmas Market - 1st December 2018, Bristol
Viva! Christmas Fair - 8th December 2018, Bristol
London Vegfest - 27th and 28th October 2018, London
Vegfest - 26th and 27th May, Art of Compassion, Bristol
Creative Reactions - 11th - 22nd May, Hamilton House, Bristol
Southbank Art Trail - 12th and 13th May, 14 Upton Road, Bristol
Equinox: a spring time exhibiton - 27th March - 11th , The Island, Bristol
BAS: Animal rights Exhibition - 14th to 18th November 2017, The Island, Bristol
Totterdown Arts Trail - 16th to 18th November 2017, Bristol
Girl Gang Art Show - October 2017, SPACE Bristol
Southbank Art Trail - May 2017, Bristol
As Naibaibee (former Artist name):
Love sex, hate sexism - February 2015, London
New Designers - August 2013
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