Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Avery.
Natalie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After battling darkness for years the struggle felt like it would never cease. There seemed to be a complete disconnect with God, spiritual fulfillment, and life, even though I had the innate knowing there was more. During one of the worst times of my life, I took a healing art class taught by Linda Litteral, Expressing Trauma with Line. A revolutionary transformation within me began to take effect as a passion that lay dormant was found. During this time, I spent a lot of time in solitude and deep meditation yearning for a connection with something more real than this earth plane could provide, as I felt I had failed here. Art and meditation led me to a direct connection with other dimensions. I began to find the inner strength to create images that would tell me a story and help process emotion. It became the strongest form of therapy one could ask for. I began to channel energy from beyond what we see here and visions that are portrayed to me are poured out through my artwork. I began posting images of my work and was contacted for several shows and a solo art exhibit. I created a website to share my story and began selling my art. I have now been featured alongside Picasso, Renoir, and other masters and asked to be in a new gallery opening this summer. Doors just keep opening.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have definitely been challenges. Learning to set up for an event and what people are looking for at an event or type of show is a definite learning curve. Budgeting costs for renting equipment and buying paint and canvas is also something I have to be careful with. Learning how to effectively market myself and remain confident among experienced artists is also a true test of strength. Unwrapping my paintings in the gallery next to a Picasso and remaining confident was definitely a challenge, but those were hurdles I had to cross and the strength I gained was extremely powerful. If I start to doubt myself and think a negative thought, I immediately replace it with a positive one. I try to keep my energy positive at all times.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Eccentric Visions – what should we know?
I create art with intention. I paint with a purpose and hope to invoke emotion in people that study each piece. Each piece has specific energy channeled in it while I paint. The most meaningful compliment I’ve gotten on several occasions is that people tell me they feel the art in the depths of their soul. The art I create is abstract. It’s a tool to go within and use the color and imagery to see what comes out to you as an individual. You see what your soul needs to see.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I took a class for healing in art and was guided in that way and then branched off on my own. Once I did that, I actually found that promoting myself on social media led to a plethora of opportunities. Discussing what you do with anyone and everyone is also a good way to network. I talk about my art with absolutely everyone and always carry business cards. I pass them out to pretty much everyone I meet. It’s amazing how many people you connect with randomly that will be involved in some way in the field of what you’re doing. I believe if you’re on the right path, the right people will come into your life, but you have to exude confidence and not be afraid to share your story and promote what you’re doing. You have to believe in yourself enough to feel that everyone must hear about what you’re doing as funny as that sounds.
- Website: EccentricVisions.com
- Phone: (619)357-3179
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @eccentricvisionsnatalieavery