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Jewish digital artist Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs was born in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles and grew up in Washington D.C. At age eight she started sketching her surroundings and decided to become a serious artist. Jacobs explored oil, acrylic, pastels, charcoal, cut paper and gouache with such teachers as Philip Ratner (fourth grade alphabet project), Andrea Rowe Kraus and Scott Rankin and attended the Maryland School of Art and Design.
In 2010 Jacobs took up digital painting. In addition to not causing a mess, digital painting gives Jacobs a sense of greater freedom and more expansive color options. The resulting paintings look much like traditional paintings but are typically brighter. Jacobs’ art is also informed by her other career as a Jewish biblical scholar, leading her to a non-traditional approach, such as her painting depicting Hagar as a sister.
You can more read about Jacobs as a Jewish artist here. http://www.jarted.org/J-Art-Blog/digging-deep-into-the-bible.html
Jacobs has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows including at the Imajewnation Museum, the National Jewish Retreat, an online gallery at Jewish Currents and at Congregation Bonai Shalom.
Selected solo and two artist exhibitions
“Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs” November 2, 2011-February 2, 2012 at Drew Henry Gallery
“Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs” June 2013 at Frasier Meadows
“Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs” June-July 2014 at Lafayette Public Library (two artist show)
“Naomi Susan Schwartz Jacobs” September-November, 2014 at Congregation Bonai Shalom
Selected group exhibitions
“Freedom Imagined/Freedom Lived: An Artistic Review of the Passover Promise” March 11-28, 2013 at Imajewnation Museum
“Living in Joy” August 8-13, 2013 at the National Jewish Retreat, sponsored by Creative Soul and the Jewish Learning Institute
“Looking for the Light,” August 23- September 6, 2013 at the Dairy Center for the Arts
“I’m Sorry” September 2013, an online exhibit at Jewish Currents