Natasha NewtoN, Artist & Illustrator
I'm an artist and illustrator living in two inspiring and beautiful locations. Suffolk, with its vast, open skies and seascapes, and Surrey, the most densely-wooded county in the UK. Perfect for a painter who loves trees! After a lifelong interest in art, I started my profession as a fine art painter in my twenties, exhibiting work at numerous galleries across the UK and overseas. Illustration was something that seemed to find me, rather than being a deliberate career choice! As my work gained a larger following online, I was often contacted by art directors, publishing companies and businesses, who hired me to work on various projects - and so the illustration side of my business was born. Commissions have included work for Random House and Quarto books, several magazines, and the printing company Moo, among others. Please visit the Press page to see some examples of these projects.
Through my paintings I try to communicate my love of nature and the countryside, in particular the seasons I consider the most beautiful, evocative, and magical: Autumn and Winter. I love places that give me a strong feeling of nostalgia and a sense of history. If you think there’s nothing more perfect than a crisp walk through the forest on a winter’s day, coming home to a roaring fire, a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, then we’d get along very well!
One of my favourite pastimes is beach combing along the Suffolk coast; the wilder and more desolate the beach, the better! The pieces of sea glass and beach pottery I find, beautifully tumbled by the waves and the passage of time, have found their way into my work. I select certain pieces to paint on, giving these items another life as a treasured work of art. I am fascinated by the stories of these objects; what they were once a part of and the past life they had, before they were washed up on to the shoreline and into my hands.
If you'd like to contact me, you can do so here.