Naoko Stoop


Hello!! I am a Brooklyn, New York based self-taught illustrator. Years ago, when I was in my mid-30s and felt stuck in my life, I started to paint. I had hopes of finding a new prospect in life, and nurturing my inner child. I have been painting ever since.

My art comes from everyday life. I draw on used paper grocery bags, and paint on leftover plywood collected from a speaker factory in the neighborhood. I believe every child is born creative. Art is a way to express -- we are all artists. I’m trying to bring out the five-year old in people through my artwork, because I think that is when children start learning how complicated the world is. It is when I stopped drawing. It took me decades to come back to myself.

Now? Here I am drawing and painting every day!



 

Awards:

New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book

National Parenting Publication Award, Gold

Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award

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