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About Me

I'm Natasha

Hello!  My name is Natasha and I believe that beauty is all around us.  And when we are in the throes of pain and frustration, the best thing to do is get out of our heads and look around.

There is beauty in weather and light, beauty in small flowers pushing up through cracks in the pavement, beauty in the birds that hang out on the patio.  And that beauty has the power to shift our perspective and focus away from whatever was bothering us… to the joy that pulses through all living things (and many wonderful places as well.)

My mission, which I choose to accept, is to celebrate the awe and wonder I feel when I see beauty all around me and share it through the lens of my art. I hope it inspires you to reclaim your authentic joy and create ripples of happiness…

My Story
I did not always accept my mission.

I was always a creative child. I illustrated all my book reports, drew horses on all my homework, and embroidered tapestries of flowers and unicorns on all my clothes in high school...


My high school self -- played violin in the school orchestra, was the newspaper editor and photographer, embroidered my blouse and already had a coffee habit...

When I went to college, I knew I had to “get practical” and do something that would “earn a living and provide health insurance and a pension.” 

I had no mentors supporting my artistic dreams, and lots of naysayers who told me to face reality.

 I tried to be practical. But as a deeply artistic and sensitive person, that didn’t go so well.

I majored in International Studies at Earlham College (for the impractical reason of being able to study in China on an exchange program in 1984, the second year foreign students were allowed in.)  And with a huge student loan, I took whatever jobs I could after graduation. I tried to be practical.

We moved around a lot for my husband’s work. And I did a lot of jobs… mainly secretarial.  I was always the creative one in the office,  always in a band outside of the office, always doing  side projects and crafty things. 

In 1997, my husband gave me a henna kit for my birthday… and the designs looked like the doodles I already did… and I became obsessed…It grew into a side business… and in 2011, it became a full-time business.  Then I had to look for a new hobbies (since my henna hobby had become my full-time job) and I returned to mixed media art and collage, things I had enjoyed as a child.  I took online classes (from the Inspiration Place, and Paper Paintings, among others.)  I fell into a group that exchanged postcards once a year. My art blossomed as I began to share.

I shifted to freelance henna in 2018 which gave me time to focus on my collage art.  And the pandemic of 2020 solidified my commitment to  sharing my vision of wonder and beauty through art. I hope you find my art inspiring and that it brings joy wherever it is in your home.



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.



Doing plein air collage at the San Diego County Fair!


Inspiration

I am inspired by the beauty of 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 inspire others to reconnect with their joy, creating ripples of happiness in the world.

Techniques

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.

career highlights

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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