Naomi Cashman began painting in the mid 1960’s when she was living in Germany. She put her art aside to raise a family and later took up painting once again, but soon discovered the art of wood sculpture. This interest drew her outdoors to observe and photograph the bird species she wanted to carve. For the next 20 years, she sculpted waterfowl, painting with oil pigments for a natural and detailed life-like appearance. During this period in her career, she competed in national shows, winning numerous awards for her sculptures.
In 1996, Naomi’s work was chosen for an exhibit at the University of Kansas Dyke Museum of Natural History. Several years ago Naomi again changed the focus of her art and began studying watercolor with Kansas artist Louis Copt and Paul Jackson of Missouri. With watercolor, she discovered a love of the flow of water, pigment, and the interaction of colors on paper—a sharp contrast to her highly detailed bird sculptures. Naomi attended The University of Kansas and is a native of Northeast Kansas. Since 2008, her watercolor paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries. In 2011, she won First Place in the juried Kansans Paint Kansas competition.