Born in Cheshire and now based in Shropshire, Natalie started painting professionally shortly after moving to Shropshire in 2003, following her earlier formal training in fine art and later, set design.
She began working on a series of intricate flower and bird portraits, which she feels that Georgia O’Keefe, Karl Blossfeldt and early 17th Century Dutch painters such as Ambrosius Bosschaert have heavily influenced.
She has had a number of well received exhibitions throughout Great Briton for example; the Judith Blacklock Gallery in Knightsbridge, several Cork Street galleries in London, Birmingham City Art Gallery and the Royal Academy, to name a few.
She says of her work: “The flower itself is just the starting point for an abstract study of transparency, colour and form. The effects of sunlight and shadows are having an increasing effect on my work, the subtlety of colours and how dramatic the subject becomes a unique moment in time. Each flower is so different, offering delicacy and detail but at the same time is strong and powerful. It's these differences that fascinate me and I try to capture that essence in my work. By enlarging the scale the nature of the subject is intensified, and enables the viewer to see further into the flower.
I often work from photographs translated onto a large scale canvas. The focus is then increased to enable the viewer to be surrounded and drawn into what becomes an abstract concept of colour and shape.
The subject is intensely studied to identify the form and movement derived from the use of colour. The involvement and feelings captured range from the delicacy of the petal to the strength and power of the image; this is then highlighted by the background to the image, where the most minimum distraction is sought.”
The canvases range in size but start from 30 x 30 inches increasing to 50 x 70 inches for some of the later studies. The medium is usually oil built up in layers over a number of weeks to create a vivid and translucent finish.