"It's not what you look at that's important; it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau
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Natalie began her art career at the ripe old age of 5, drawing cartoons while watching the family console tv. Adding to her interests, she went on to receive a Minor in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism Advertising from the University of Missouri, School of Journalism, all while holding a paint brush in her hand.
She spent the early part of her career in commercial advertising, first in the Mid-West and then in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she began showing her work in small venues and painting murals for Hollywood Hills homes and Beverly Hills boutiques. She was then picked up for representation by a gallery on Melrose.
Deciding to follow her life-long passion more intently, she returned to the Mid-West. She has combined her love of psychology, sales, and art to create work that continues to generate accolades and fill many private and corporate collections, including Perficient, the Kellwood building, and Modern Business Interiors. Her 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. Natalie is currently represented by Lynn Bozzay at Grafica Fine Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO.
Natalie, also, consistently works with interior designers and personal clients in the St. Louis area to create unique pieces for corporate work spaces and homes.
It wasn’t until I emerged from the haze of and accepting my cancer diagnosis that I was able to look back at my life and see a constant theme. From Minoring in Psychology to entering the work force in subliminal advertising to sales, I’ve always been interested in the mind and how it works; what it choses 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, until eventually, color began to present itself. I loved the contrast. It made me think.
As an artist, I love the idea that each piece of artwork has the ability to evoke a different experience from each viewer, depending on their focus and how that focus changes, from neutrals to color, from light to dark. Whether it’s in art or in life, we can change our focus and our focus can change us.
During my months of recovery trying to hold onto the idea that my crisis was not a crisis but an opportunity, an old Cherokee story resurfaced. You’ve probably heard it. It goes like this:
An old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.”
The boy thought about it, and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.” - author unknown.
It was then I knew I wanted to change my style yet again. With bright vibrant colors and patches of white that combine to form a living being, I hope the contrast not only draws your focus but causes you to question it as well; and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see the light within all things...art, you and all the things bad that ever happened.
Both abstract expressionism styles still hold my attention. I go back and forth between the two, knowing both are in my heart…and yes, cartoons are there, too. My love for contrast doesn’t end there. It carries through all things 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.
Matching your decor or logo color is also not a problem. Please contact Lynn Bozzay at Grafica Fine Art Gallery (314-961-4020) directly for further information.