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Art & Life with Natalie Bessell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Bessell.

Natalie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I graduated high-school early to attend The School of Visual Arts in New York when I was 17, but oddly enough, my art did not start there. It started when I moved back to San Diego and landed myself in a local coffee shop called The Pannikin Coffee & Tea that I have been a part of ever since. The response to my art within that community has guided me into becoming a full-time artist. I have also been fortunate enough to find a wonderful home, with an amazing garden, and in that garden, we were able to build an art studio overlooking the canyon. My community and environment continue to inspire me some 7 years later.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In my paintings, I include elements of the natural world because this is the world that I feel connected to. I choose to show humans or animals in harmony with nature, as part of nature. A reminder that we are of this earth. That we actually work in the same ways as many other non-humans. We too pollinate, reproduce, and expire. We too need sunlight and oxygen, and water.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I know for me personally, I can feel over stimulated, and it is very important for me to be true to myself and make sure that what I am creating feels authentic to me. It easy for us to try and impress or please people with our art, but at the end of the day, it really needs to be about what we want to put out there and what makes us feel good.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am currently working on an upcoming show titled “Sculptures in the Garden” which will include my paintings and sculptures. This will not be until Spring of 2019. In the meantime, I will display at Pannikin Coffee & Tea in La Jolla the month of December. As far as the virtual world, I am very active on Instagram and have my art for sale through my website.

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Image Credit:
Andrew Reilly
Daniel Mansson

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