While at high school Natalie became interested in art but it wasn’t until she had finished the commercial art course that she then decided to pursue her dream and study visual merchandising and commercial art at the Melbourne College of Decoration and in 1987 attained a TAFE certificate in Promotional Display and Advertising.She continued with oil painting classes with the exceptional artist and teacher Robert Knight and the late Terry Collins who introduced her to plein air painting. This opened up a whole new world and for many years Natalie concentrated on landscape painting. Then in 1990 she was influenced by Diedre Hunt whose works of birds in watercolour led her onto a different path.
It was extremely exciting as she found that with careful observation she could paint birds with a great deal of detail and accuracy. She gained inspiration for her artwork by photographing birds at Healesville Sanctuary, in the wetlands area at Bicentennial Park in Sydney, her own garden, Australia Zoo, trips to Kakadu, , Taronga Zoo and Wildlife Habitat Park in Port Douglas. These days Natalie also paints birds in oils which she loves as oils are her favourite medium.
Throughout this time she has worked as a graphic artist in Melbourne, Coffs Harbour, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast where she now lives.
Natalie has won many awards and has exhibited solo and in group exhibitions and has her paintings at Pomona Gallery. For the month of August this year she has a group exhibition at the Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Marina from 10am to 4pm daily.