Natalie George has always lived in North Carolina, and she loves it there! At Guilford College, she earned a BA degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Painting. During a rather surreal semester studying abroad in Italy, she lived on the grounds of a medieval castle surrounded by steep vineyards. It's true. The castle was based in the Tyrol region in the Alps, and she enjoyed the artistic history and culture of nearby cities and villages, absorbing the beauty of traditional European painting and sculpture. Travelling, hiking and cross-country skiing weren't bad either!
She left with a powerful fondness for Botticelli, Van Eyck, and the superrealists of the 1500s. Later, she became aware of the Classical Realism movement in the United States, and she was particularly inspired by a portrait she saw of Duke University's Reynolds Price, painted by Will Wilson, a master realist in San Francisco. She has been delighted to have the opportunity to study with some gifted and accomplished realists, including Jeffrey Mims and Scott Burdick.
While she treasures and respects realistic painting, she is also drawn towards more abstract work. She loves the natural landscape, especially water, and she enjoys discovering how her imagination can be more abstractly expressed in the reflections of lakes and pools. Instead of copying, she feels she is creating, free to interpret and imagine. What results is, as a friend said, "a place you would like to visit, but that doesn't exist."
She has been blessed with positive reception to all styles of her work, and she has paintings in private collections in many states, as well as in corporate settings. She has participated in several national juried art shows, won some prizes, and bought a whole lot of art supplies. If her paintbrush had an odometer, she would let you know how many miles it has painted. In over 20 years, it has been pretty far! But she's still learning. Even Michelangelo admitted to that.