“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”
Leonardo da Vinci
Natalie draws inspiration from the environment around her for the subject of many of her paintings. She has completed several commissions of large scale paintings both in oil and acrylic, on canvas and board.
Use of vivid colours and dramatic light are often what brings Natalie’s paintings to life. She uses a variety of mediums and a wide range of subjects, although her love of all things New Zealand stems from a patriotic upbringing and a lot of traveling in her early adult life.
Natalie has participated in group exhibitions, and her work is in private collections in New Zealand and overseas. What Natalie loves most about painting is using colour to create a sense of emotion. The same image can create an entirely different feeling if painted with a different colour palette. She often enjoys the challenge of painting quickly to avoid overworking an image.
In many paintings she has used a scratch-back technique where she puts thick layers of bright paint to represent the light and scratches back the thick paint to reveal a dark base colour and describe a silhouette. This method creates a sense of tangibility and emphasises the importance of light to give form.
Natalie also enjoys a process of what she calls sand paintings. In stark contrast to her colourful sunsets and sunrises are these images created using three different tones of sand. She associates sand with time and finds its aesthetic perfect for images of people. It has a beauty and simplicity which is reminiscent of early photography and creates a sense of nostalgia.