"It's not what you look at that's important; it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

About:

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For as long as I can remember I have been creating art.  Granted, at the age of five, it was my version of Snoopy, but it was art, nonetheless.  With a paint brush in my hand, I went on to receive a Minor in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Advertising from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism.

The early part of my career was spent in commercial advertising, first in the Mid-West and then in Los Angeles.  While in Los Angeles, I began showing my work in cafes and painting murals for Hollywood Hills homes and Beverly Hills boutiques. After seeing my work in one of these venues, New Space Gallery on Melrose decided to represent me.

Once I decided to follow my life-long passion more intently, I returned to the Mid-West where I have managed to combine my love of psychology, sales, and art to create work that continue to fill many private and corporate collections. Some of my corporate clients include Perficient, the Kellwood building, and Modern Business Interiors.  My work has also been shown in the renowned Crossroads district in Kansas City; St. Louis, Chicago, as well as Los Angeles and many places in-between.  

Artist Statement:

From Minoring in Psychology to subliminal advertising, sales and my career in yoga, I’ve always been interested in the mind and how it works; what it chooses as its focus.  I’ve also always loved the arts.  All of them.

As a child growing up on a “farm” in Southwest Missouri, I loved copying the black and white cartoons from the newspaper.  As I grew, the black and white stayed but the subject matter developed.  I loved the contrast.  Eventually, color presented itself but the contrast remained.  It made me think. 

As an artist, I love the idea that each piece of artwork has the ability to evoke a different experience for each viewer. Depending on our focus and how that focus changes, from neutrals to color, from light to dark, our experience and emotions will change. Thus, our focus can change us, yet we can choose to change our focus. But before we begin, we must first become aware of what we see.  It is my hope that the contrast in my fine art helps you become aware of what draws your attention.  Do you focus on the light or the dark?  The positive or the negative? 

My love for contrast doesn’t end there.  It carries through all things in my life.  I like a combination of old and new; urban and rural; gritty yet delicate.  I’m a city girl with a country soul who believes in running wild and free.

Focus, trust, and peace,

Natalie