I'm Naomi: a writer, an illustrator and a mother. My goal is to lead a life that is slow, creative and personal; in a world that can all-too-often feel frantic, mainstream and remote. Let's call that goal a work in progress. 



A winter picnic, home-grown vegetables, family meals around the table, freshly baked bread, limiting your footprint, conversations over coffee. Slow living, for me, is simply about mindfulness; about appreciating that a good life is worth waiting for, working for, and caring for.



I like to celebrate creativity in all shapes and forms. I'm an illustrator and writer so creativity plays a big part in my daily life, but I also love to see what others are doing, and try to share the creative people, projects and pieces I discover, by featuring them on my blog. 



In this digital era, when personal connections are made through pokes and self-worth is measured in likes, many of us are searching for more meaningful ways to communicate and forge friendships. For me, old-fashioned handwritten letters have become a beautiful, personal way to share.

Recent press (more here)


As an illustrator I work mainly in gouache, watercolour and ink. I still use many of my grandmother's old paints and palettes, remembering her and the painting lessons she once gave me as I mix my colours. My illustrations are similarly inspired by my childhood, and the books I loved to read. Illustrators like Arthur Ransome (Swallows and Amazons), Pauline Diana Baynes (The Chronicles of Narnia and books by JR Tolkien), Eileen Soper (Famous Five), and Cicely Mary Barker (Flower Fairies).


To help you celebrate a special occasion, or to warm the hearts of your friends and loved-ones, I am happy to create unique mail-art for you. These are original artworks, hand-painted onto envelopes and hand-addressed for you (here are some examples of my mail-art), and are available for a flat rate of $150 per illustrated envelope. To have just one original design hand-painted onto multiple envelopes, the rate is reduced to $80 per envelope.

If this is outside your budget but you still want to send something special and memorable for your loved-ones, I create free original mail-art templates and share them in my newsletter every month. These are line-drawings that you can print, colour in and address yourself, then follow the fold-lines given to turn them into mailable envelopes. Subscribe for the newsletter here.


I am the in-house illustrator for ethical Australian stationery company Boots Paper, and you can purchase my illustrations on letters, greeting cards, stickers and other stationery here.

All other illustrations

For all other illustration projects, just click the “contact me” button below to chat about your exciting project and plans!

I'd like to help you discover the joys of using colour and sending letters, too. My downloadable, Mail Art Colouring Book contains 62 hand-drawn illustrations that are designed to be made into envelopes, with specific areas set aside for postal addresses and stamps to send unique mail to friends and family. Buy the colouring book here.

(Looking over these photographs I realise that I am apparently unable to draw or paint without also having a cup of tea to hand. And why yes, I have been known to dip my paint brush into my tea by accident. But no, I have not mistakenly sipped the paint-water. Yet.)


I teach e-courses and release e-books in a variety of creative fields about which I'm passionate. Indeed, few things give me greater joy than to see my friends and community bloom in their creativity: growing in confidence, discovering new things to try, experimenting, playing, and pursuing their dreams and goals. I would love to work beside you on this path.

From time to time I also provide one-to-one coaching to help people achieve their creative goals. These sessions are currently booked out, but if you would like to be among the first to hear when new appointments open, be sure you have subscribed to my newsletter.


I’m the former Editor of Nett magazine and an international magazine I’m not allowed to name here (but you can ask me about it privately if you’re interested in my portfolio). My debut novella Airmail was published in April 2011; I’m the author of non-fiction books Talk Without Being Interrupted and Seventeen Summers; and my poetry was included in the Australian Poetry Encouragement Award anthology in 2002. Once upon a time I worked in radio, and broadcast to more than 80 stations each day as a senior journalist and commodity analyst. When pressed, I can still do the newsreader voice.

Nowadays, I write magazine features and smaller pieces on just about any subject, from small business to slow living, and parenting to creative crafts. If you'd like me to entertain, inform or inspire your readers, contact me to chat about your needs.

Alongside magazines features, what I really love to write is a personal letter. I write postcards and epistles, long letters, quick notes, poetry, and nonsense. If you can write it on a piece of paper I have probably done so, then stuffed it into an envelope and put a stamp on it. 

I'm so passionate about the joy that letter-writing brings - both to the writer and the recipient - that I’m working on a new book called The Art of Mail, and I've also created a host of tools and resources to help others do the same. E-books and print books and deep-dive courses on letter-writing and templates and projects and more. If there's something I've missed that you could really use, let me know!