Natalie's "Coyote" painting is inspired by a coyote she saw on the side of the freeway. The animal was golden, fur blowing in the wind. The coyote looked so out of place and wanting nothing more than for him or her to be in their natural environment, she created this scene. The aloe at the bottom represents earthly healing while the rattle snake and it's spirit are guiding the being out of this world.
One of Natalie's morning walks along La Jolla Cove's coast trail inspired "Pigeon Vision". On occasion she would see Peregrin falcons dominating the cove. One time in particular she noticed that the falcon had something in its talons, she looked closely to see that it was a pigeon. Following it with her eyes the entire flight, she watched it land in a large Torrey Pine tree, feathers started falling down softly. This painting represents death as part of life, how one must eat life to live. The sun and moon contribute as time, the eyes as 'tunnel vision', and the two pigeons as life and death.
"Ancient Greek has four words for love."
The first is 'Eros' or erotic love, the second is 'Storge', a natural, familial love, the third is 'Philia' or friendship, and the fourth is 'Agape', a self-sacrificing love. Natalie's 'Eros' includes these four loves, but is predominantly about the former. Hands crawl up plants towards the woman, yearning for her. A snake slithers towards the egg she sits over like a hen. There is an emphasis on the innate sexuality in all things, reproduction is like a mineral-rich rain to the garden.
Twin Serpents is a 10''x10'' acrylic painting on linen and foam with sculptural elements. Natalie cut out from the foam a tiny hand, bird, and eye. The eye then floats over the chest of the hummingbird, the hand crawls up from below, and the bird is raised on one side and indented on the other. A bird hovers over the egg, while the snake and hand reach for it, similar to "Eros."
Girl with Papaya
'Girl With Papaya' was the first painting based off of a collaboration between Natalie and photographer Brooke Frederick. The setting was Natalie's lush garden. Her goal here is not to 'sexualize' this woman but rather a focus on taking time to experience the pure beauty and richness of life on earth and all of its many gifts. She is still using these photographs as references for future paintings and another has already been used for her painting 'Eros.'
These next paintings are from Natalie's first solo show in 2012 titled 'Habitat'. The series stemmed from a large painting of Frida Kahlo, in it she painted a world for Frida, she wanted to create a world for the animals as well. These pieces were created after a five week journey through South America, she hoped to bring the cracking, post-colonial buildings to life with the antique windows and create an air of ceremony with "religious" adornments.
During Natalie's travels in South America, she picked up these Spanish Colonial style paintings. Their faces were white, like those of the baby in the painting on the left, she decided to repaint their faces to be like the Peruvian women who painted them.