Born in England and living in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and New Zealand during her early childhood, Natalie finally settled in Sydney, Australia. She has good memories of growing up in these very different environments – including her memories of the family’s pet monkey “Chippy” while in Kenya, Africa. Natalie had a love for animals and while growing up spent many hours sketching the things she loved.
At 17 she was recognised as having considerable talent and was offered an opportunity in the art studio of a Sydney-based advertising agency. Natalie became a graphic design student at the School of Graphic Design in Sydney prior to technology, when training was rigorous and the students’ illustration, fine art and technical studio skills were highly developed. She worked within the industry and married Chris, setting up a successful advertising art studio together.
In 1996, Natalie, Chris and their four children made the move to Brisbane, Queensland where she began to teach art classes and paint full time. Eventually, the family discovered the beautiful Sunshine Coast where they established a home and studio, living and painting within the inspirational environment of Noosa.
Her professionalism, diversity and storytelling found her much approval with art buyers and collectors from around the world, with her work hanging in a number of private collections. Through her work, Natalie seeks to give her viewers a little bit of “time out” to appreciate the little, but important things in life that can sometimes be overlooked.Her eclectic range and ability continue to produce an unusual diversity in her work that constantly moves from the contemporary to the traditional and a mix of genres in between, with a grace and ease that flows ever so naturally. Natalie is not an artist that will ever know the meaning of the word stagnation, always thinking and experimenting in her studio with fresh new ideas that will continue to broaden her scope. Natalie remarks: “I really enjoy creating a bridge between the abstract and the realistic that says something about every-day life, so everybody can travel to any point along that bridge in their love of art and feel comfortable, finding something that draws them in.