What Love, Naava is all about
Having a portrait painted of your children is the ultimate gift for them. Creating these paintings are my gift to you. Together, we are telling your children: We see you. You are beautiful. Who you are, right now, is perfect.
Ever since I was a child I have loved drawing children. But it was often about more than the figure. What I’ve always been passionate about is making art that tells the stories of our lives.
I am keenly aware that the details in our busy days ultimately shape our memories. The polka-dot book bag my eldest chose for her first day of kindergarten. The hilarious fashion choices my two-year old made just to go to the supermarket with me.
Like you, photographs fill my hard drives. But I often found myself, late at night at the kitchen table, drawing details from the day that I didn’t want to forget. I discovered that taking a brush to paper was the most intimate way I could 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 call my paintings heirloom portraits, because not only do I insist on working with luxurious art materials, 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 smudges on the paper, the delicate pencil renderings, the rainbow of colors in their fashion choices — I bring all of it together to capture the beauty and magic of their unique childhood.
Until then, click here to read more beautiful sentiments from kids and parents who love their own portraits.
Born to be creative.
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. In the world of publishing, her hand-lettering was used on the cover of the parenting book, Ramshackle Glam, published by Running Press.
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 magnificent little girls whom she still draws at the kitchen table.