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Hi, I'm Natalie. I have ALWAYS lived in North Carolina, and I love it! At Guilford College, I earned a BA degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting. During a rather surreal semester studying abroad in Italy, we lived on the grounds of a medieval castle surrounded by steep vineyards. It's true. The castle was based in the Tyrol region in the Alps, and I enjoyed the artistic history and culture of nearby cities and villages, absorbing the beauty of traditional European painting and sculpture. Travelling, hiking and cross-country skiing weren't bad either!
I left with a powerful fondness for Botticelli, Van Eyck, and the superrealists of the 1500s. Later, I became aware of the Classical Realism movement in the United States, and I was particularly inspired by a portrait I saw of Duke University's Reynolds Price, painted by Will Wilson, a master realist in San Francisco. I have been delighted to have the opportunity to study with some gifted and accomplished realists, including Jeffrey Mims and Scott Burdick.
While I treasure and respect realistic painting, I have also been drawn towards more abstract work. I love the natural landscape, especially water, and I have enjoyed discovering how my imagination can be more abstractly expressed in the reflections of lakes and pools. Instead of copying, I feel I am creating, free to interpret and imagine. What results is, as a friend said, "a place you would like to visit, but that doesn't exist."
I have been blessed with positive reception to all styles of my work, and I have paintings in private collections in many states, as well as in corporate settings. I have participated in several national juried art shows, won some prizes, and bought a whole lot of art supplies. If my paintbrush had an odometer, I would let you know how many miles it has painted. In over 20 years, it has been pretty far! But I'm still learning. Even Michelangelo admitted to that.
Who and what inspires and influences me? How did I begin painting abstract landscapes? Find out here, in this interview by Bev's Fine Art, where I had a group show last fall.
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