I consider myself quite influenced by nature and what I perceive as its most powerful energies - 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 or a powerful force, and it often paves the way for something new. I see the cycle in both the natural world and in humanity, and this awareness comes out in my work.
While I'm painting I loosely engage with technique and things go well, for a while. But eventually the art starts taking it's own form; something happens by accident or outside of what I imagined - the process starts to mimmic nature's chaos. At that point I try to back off and let go, surrendering control of the situation. From there the art takes on a story of it's own. I think of it as "uninvited transformation".
The forms and colours I work with also seem to have a mind of their own. I suspect that I'm unconsciously influenced by parts of my genetics - my mother is East Indian and my father is mixed Irish and Mi'kmaq first nation, born in Newfoundland, Canada. Perhaps that ancestral blood runs through me and then finds it way into my work.
My hope is that the viewer experiences the different tones of life force throughout the narrative of my art.
Natalie Brake is a Canadian Abstract Artist currently living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (traditional Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish territory). 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 in abstraction, and has since developed her technique and style while working as a professional artist. She has studied various methods including acrylic glazing, fluid art and drawing.
In 2016, 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.