Born to be creative.
Ever since I was a child I have loved drawing children. What I’m passionate about is making art that tells the stories of our lives.
When you and I work together to create your child’s portrait, what we are telling them through art is, We see you. You are beautiful. Who you are, right now, is perfect.
I am keenly aware that the details in our busy days shape our memories. I’ll never forget the book bag my eldest chose for her first day of kindergarten that was so big on her it hung below her knees. Or the outlandish fashion choices my two-year old made when she dressed herself for a trip to the supermarket with me.
Like you, photographs fill my hard drives. But I often find myself, late at night after the girls have gone to sleep, drawing details from the day that I don’t want to forget. Taking a brush to paper is the most intimate way I can express my love for my children, my awe of who they are becoming, and how proud of them I am.
Love, Naava is my way of doing that for you.
I paint with luxurious paints on beautiful archival paper, because I am certain these portraits will be kept in your family for generations.
As a trained artist, I will capture their little curls just so, and their crooked smiles just right. But what I really want is for you to see these portraits as your child’s story. The delicate pencil renderings, their rosy cheeks — I bring all of it together to capture the beauty and magic of their unique childhood.
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Naava is a painter and illustrator with a passion for creating art about children and families.
Naava's illustrations of new mothers were used across branding and packaging for Milk Snob, makers of products for the modern parent, and then had their illustrative debut on Shark Tank. Her art has been featured on social media by Pottery Barn Kids, Munchkin, Kardashian Kids and Huffington Post. Her paintings are in the private homes of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and actress Mary McDonnell. Her watercolor painting of baby shoes is hanging in the headquarters of Pediped Shoes. In the world of publishing, her hand-lettering was used on the cover of the parenting book, Ramshackle Glam, published by Running Press. Naava wrote, illustrated and self-published the children’s book, No Way No How Am I Getting Out of That Water.
After receiving her B.F.A from Alfred University, Naava worked as a Graphic Designer and Producer, honing her skills as a content creator for clients including PBS and Scholastic. She then spent many years teaching art to kids in New York City and New Jersey.
Naava now happily lives and paints in Westchester, NY. She is in love with her wonderful husband and her two beautiful little girls whom she still draws at the kitchen table after they’ve gone to sleep.