I consider myself quite influenced by experiences and observations that I've made while spending time in nature, and I believe that nature includes the powerful energies of both beauty and chaos. While a lot of my work expresses harmony, I cannot experience beauty at it's deepest levels without acknowledging that chaos is waiting around the corner, as if the two are intertwined in a dance. Chaos can show up as rapid change, a powerful force or destruction. In the big picture, I think this often paves the way for something new. I see this cycle everywhere.
My process is comprised of loosely engaging with technique while expressing whatever happens to come at that time. I don't aim for perfect symmetry, I prefer instead to mimmic natures energies of beauty and chaos, evoking space for curiosity within the composition. I work with organic forms and often include vibrant colours or contrast.
On a cultural level, my mother is from India and my father was born in Newfoundland, Canada, with mixed Irish and Mi'kmaw first nation background. I suspect that these 3 aspects of my mixed heritage influence my art; that in some way, the ancestors are expressed in what I create.
Natalie Brake is a Canadian Abstract Artist currently living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Born in Calgary, Alberta, she began her career in the arts as a flamenco dancer under the direction of internationally acclaimed performer Fiona Malena (2004-2007). After an injury forced her to pivot, Natalie began experimenting with oil painting as an abstract expressionist, and over the following decade lived and worked as a painter in Japan, Mexico and Hawaii. Natalie has studied various art forms including acrylic glazing, fluid art and drawing, and is the curator of Contempo Fluids and Visual Arts at the Northern Quarter (Victoria, BC, 2018)
More recently, Natalie began working with epoxy resin and has received a tremendous response from collectors and the public at large. She currently works out of her studio in Victoria, BC, with collectors throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the UK.