I perceive an aliveness in everything, some type of force shaping experiences, objects, people, etc. My sense is that it is nature, or more precisely it's the energy of nature - whatever that is.
As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors with my father and I think it left an impression on me, not just on my senses but in my awareness of this energy that moves everything. Even today in a world where people are more insulated and the natural world is mostly contained, I believe that nature is the ultimate regulator. There is rarely a time when I am not tuned into that sense I have, it's always in my mental and emotional atmosphere.
When I paint I loosely engage with what I'm doing, but more so I'm tuning in and expressing that sense of energy. Using movement, I often paint organic, asymmetrical compositions, using mediums that are viscous and textured.
My mother is from India and my father was born in Newfoundland, Canada, with a mix of Irish and Mi'kmaw first nation background. I think that ancestry is a powerful connection and whether it's conscious or unconscious; I believe that genetics, history, tradition and ways of life are carried on through blood lines and along generations. Coming from a diverse background, I've made a practice of connecting with my past through research, travel, spending time with family members and participating in traditional events. I suspect that my ancestry comes out in my work.
Natalie Brake is a Canadian Abstract Artist currently living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (traditional Coast Salish, Nuu chah nulth, and Kwakiutl territory). Born in Calgary, Alberta, she began her career in the arts as a flamenco dancer under the direction of internationally acclaimed performer/choreographer Fiona Malena. After 5 years, an injury caused Natalie to stop dancing, forcing her to pivot. It was at this point that she began experimenting with oil painting as an abstract expressionist - maintaining ties to expression and movement. Painting eventually took over, and over the following decade Natalie lived and worked as a painter in Japan, Mexico and the US.
In 2016 Natalie began working with epoxy resin. She is currently based out of her studio in Victoria, BC, with exhibitions and collectors throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico and the UK.