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.
Influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting, my images incorporate a bold palette and distinct textures into free-flowing, dynamic compositions that seem to be in constant state of motion and change. I value spontaneity, expression and freedom of movement, all of which are central to my work.
Most of my creations are inspired by my inner world. I create intuitively by using my emotional landscape to obtain strong and vibrant compositions. I love to explore the unknown; to see what will emerge from the process of moving paint around on the canvas is very exciting to me.
When I start a piece, I let my emotions guide me and set the tone. I choose the colours and then allow the work to happen by letting my hand move freely on the canvas. Throughout this subconscious and creative process, the subject reveals itself to me. As soon as an image takes shape, I begin to approach the subject more consciously. The image is sometimes discovered in a few agitated, vivid and dynamic brushstrokes. I don't attempt to depict objective reality, but rather my own feelings towards the subject. I use a process that is highly spontaneous, rather than aiming towards a specific form or subject.
With the fast drying time of acrylic paints, I create various textures and interesting effects. I play around and constantly add new tools and techniques to my process. Transparency, layers, coloured contrasts and textures come into play to create a multidimensional visual experience; they give depth and liveliness to artworks.
I believe Art has the power to heal, uplift and inspire both the artist and the observer. I consider my work successful when viewers are pulled into the painting and experience their own feelings and emotions. By sharing my inner world, I seek to awake sensations and stir up emotions in the viewers.
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.
Her work is mostly created using acrylic paints, in addition to mixed media techniques incorporating metal pieces, fine papers and other elements. Natso’s style is an abstract/semi-figurative blend. Since her inspiration comes from her inner world and her emotions, her subject matters are wide-ranging. Nevertheless, they often revolve around flowers, personas, cityscapes and abstract representations. Bold colours, textures and unique brushstrokes are at the center of her work. All of her paintings are made on gallery-wrapped canvases and their sides are carefully painted in harmony with their colour scheme.