Naomi Alexander prefers to have a project in mind when she starts a painting. For the past eight years she has been working on Jewish subjects in Lithuania. Naomi often travels to Israel where her source of inspiration are the interiors of Arab houses. Other important influences include her immediate family and domestic scenes.
Alexander's main medium is oil paint, although she does also use watercolour and printmaking, using canvas or watercolour paper as a vehicle. She uses a projector to throw her images on the canvas before she creates, experimenting with composition. Her material is very personal to her and she often has to travel abroad to obtain it. She tends to work on just one project at a time, working from her sketches. Occasionally, she paints straight onto canvas if she is doing a portrait. Depending on the commission it can take her anything from 60 hours to 900, or in the case of a residency, two years.
1954-1959 Studied at Hornsey College of Art
1961-1963 Studied at Central School of Art
1974-1980 Trained as a Picture Restorer
1985 Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
1990-2000 Acted as Publicity Officer for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters
2000- Elected a Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Council
1996-2006 Trustee for Paintings in Hospitals