Naomi Cairns was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in 1984. She became interested in art at an early age. She attended Malaspina University/ College in Nanaimo and L'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon in France before obtaining her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007. In 2011 she and her husband bought a 40 foot sailboat and for the next 3 years they sailed around exploring the southern and northern Gulf Islands. Time spent on the water has influenced her most recent body of work in which she explores the interactions of the sea's edge in large scale paintings.