I get an inspiration for a painting and feel determined to get right to work bringing it into being, beginning with a primed canvas and warm color wash. My inspirations come from hiking in nature. I paint in order to visually represent the beauty of nature, evoking resolve to support clean air, land and water.
A creative “type” born to a family who embraced the arts, Nathalie’s childhood was filled with much time spent with paint, clay, colored pencils, drawing, and art study. She surrounded herself with the paintings of her grandmother on her father’s side, and the mosaic landscapes of her grandfather on her mother’s side. Always keen on drawing, Nathalie studied the works of Durer, Escher, O’Keefe, Dali, and the Impressionists. Her art classes through college were riveting and pure joy... the math and science not so much. She earned a Bachelors degree at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.
She didn’t seek fame and fortune as an artist, though has had some humble recognitions and a good number of collectors. She eschewed competitions and an art career to enjoy the pure creative challenge of making paintings. She is currently immersed in California landscapes, painting directly from the inspirations she finds in hills and coastal locations. This new territory is offering the open vistas she sought in Florida and the mystery she sought in the forests of North Carolina with an added helping of dramatic California light.