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I'm Natasha Papousek, I'm a fulltime artist living just outside San Diego, CA. As a kid, I moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to Montana to Tennessee to Pennsylvania...as an adult I've lived in Richmond, IN, Buffalo, NY, Baltimore, MD, Staffordshire, England, and Austin, TX...but now am firmly settled in Southern California.
As a kid, I was encouraged to be creative, but as I grew older, the pressure to be "practical" was overwhelming. I studied East Asian Studies at Earlham College,and moved to Buffalo, NY soon after graduation. However, my plan of becoming an NPR journalist was thwarted by a lack of available jobs and I fell into being a secretary, a job that I could do no matter where I lived...(and we lived a lot of places for my husband's job) but the urge to create never went away.
When my husband and I were living in Austin, TX, I discovered henna art and that rekindled my passion for art. Henna became a side business while sketching, drawing and playing with collage blossomed as hobbies, even after we moved to San Diego. In 2011, I had the opportunity to quit the secretarial job and help run a body art kiosk on the San Diego harborfront. After 5 years of running the kiosk, it became clear that I really wanted to focus on my collage art and when the rent was tripled, that was my sign to become a fulltime artist.
My work has been featured the Small Image Show in Gallery 21, Spanish Village for 3 years and I have had pieces in the Reigning Cats and Dogs Art Show for more than 5 years in a row: This year, my piece, Undercover Cat, won Honorable Mention.
I juried into Spanish Village Arts Center in Balboa Park as a collage artist in March 2019, and into the Southwestern Artists' Association later that year. 3-4 pieces are always on display in SWAA's Studio 23 in Spanish Village and I'm part of a Featured Artist's Show once a year.
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.
I am inspired by the world around me: my cats, my friend's dogs, the birds at the backyard feeder, local flora and fauna. Finding joy and delight in the small things fuels my desire to create and share that love with the world.
I am a student of Elizabeth St. Hilaire and use her techniques of painting paper in my own work. I start with an underpainting of my subject that becomes the roadmap or guide for the collage. I paint various types of paper, including ephemera such as old maps and sheet music, handmade paper (sometimes incorporating pet fur), and commercial textured paper. That paper is ripped up and glued onto the underpainting until I have a finished collage. The process can take weeks to complete and is very much like putting together a puzzle.
Small Image Show: January 2017, January 2018, January 2020
Reigning Cats and Dogs Show: 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Honorable Mention in 2020
Juried into Spanish Village Arts Center, 2019
Juried into Southwestern Artists' Association, 2019
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