Nathalie Marino, also know as Natso is currently living in Laval. Her work starts with the colours she chooses, and in her vibrant acrylic on canvas paintings and photographic prints, it is certainly true that colours set the emotion tone. With lots of contrast, the artist gives each of her images a depth that pulls the viewer in. Applying her paints in bold drips and swirls as well as in delicately rendered patterns, she varies those textures to add to the energy and power of her paintings.
Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting, her images integrate her bold palette and distinct textures into free-flowing, dynamic compositions that seem to be in a constant state of motion and change. But for the artist, the ideas behind her paintings revolve around emotions and feelings.
Natso initially studied architecture in college and then photography. She began painting in 2009 and continued her art education through independent studies. She studied abstract and mixed media techniques with a variety of artists and teachers; learning from acclaimed award-winning artist Betsy Dillard Stroud and the accomplished multidisciplinary artist Lisa L. Cyr, among others.
Natso pursued her studies and found her artistic voice under the guidance of Geneviève Simard from the Griffintown Art School in Montreal. She also got the opportunity to learn alongside the colourist painter Mireille Vézina. She continues to grow by taking workshops and classes regularly.