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Naomi Borisenko

Naomi grew up on the North Fork Road off the Dempster highway. As a child she would wait to see the first sign of spring, the Yellow-Rumped Warbler, better known in the Yukon as the butter butt. Mostly self-taught with some time spent in the arts program at Concordia University, Naomi moved back home to the Yukon and began an interest in bird watching. She began painting them in order to more accurately identify and remember the birds she saw. One season at Birch Camp her friend Sylvia Frisch suggested using her paintings for Weekend on the Wing at Tombstone National Park. That year the sap ran almost a month late and they had time to put Birds in the Bushes together. The paintings are available as laminated cards, each having the full series of Warblers and Sparrows (Diver and Dabblers coming soon!), and as individual art cards. They can be found at the Arts Underground Gift Shop, Tombstone Interpretive Centre, and the Yukon Made Store, or can be ordered through Billy Buckets Apothecary on Facebook. Naomi paints with acrylic and the tiniest brushes. She references from her own sightings combined with various bird books. She knows the painting is done when the bird looks ready to hop out, flexing his little wings.


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