Influenced by the outdoors from early childhood, Natalie spent much of her time fishing, hiking and camping with her father, a practice that she carries on today. Her dedication to the natural world includes living in some of nature's most beautiful places, such as the Rocky mountains (her birthplace), Kauai, Hawaii, and her current home, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (traditional territories of the Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and various Coast Salish people). She comes from a mixed heritage of East Indian, Mi'kmaq (Ktaqmkuk), Irish and Jewish, and considers herself deeply influenced by the parts of her ancestry that are connected to the natural world and the traditions that connect, including dance and music.
Natalie began her career in the arts as a professional Flamenco dancer under the direction of internationally acclaimed performer Fiona Malena (2004-2008). After an injury forced her to pivot, she began experimenting with oil painting in abstraction (2009) - quickly realizing her love for the visual arts. She has since studied various methods including acrylic glazing with Abstract Artist Dianne Neuman and in 2015, she briefly studied drawing with artist Nicole Sleeth. In 2016, Natalie began working with epoxy resin, and a year later studied resin application with Artist Arthur Brothers (Charlotte, NC).
During the summer, Natalie works out of her studio in Victoria BC, and in the Winter she works from her studio in Nayarit, Mexico. She has shown her work and has collectors throughout Canada, the UK, the United States and Mexico.