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Nancy Natale


Painter

I love the process of painting and the mystery of the creative journey to a completed work. The paint itself leads me and I follow in a spontaneous and experimental way. There is no narrative and there is no object before me but the painting itself. Working on a painting becomes a meditation in which consciousness of self is lost. I am seeking the balance point - somewhere between geometry and gesture, between humor and dignity, between flat surface and tactile marks, between color that excites and color that harmonizes. To recognize that balance in a painting, I must achieve a balance in myself between the intuitive and the cerebral. I create an order of my own devising from the chaos of possibilities.

I was born in Boston and lived in that area for most of my life (so far). In 2000, my partner, Bonnie Caldwell, and I decided to try life in the country. We lived for more than five years on 20 acres in the remote hilltown of Ashfield, MA. In June 2006, we decided to return to civilization, settling in Easthampton along with our two yellow Labs and four cats. My new studio at Eastworks is less than a mile from our home, within walking distance. •My art education was delayed by a 15-year career in the administrative end of the chemical import/export business. After leaving that field, I attended Massachusetts College of Art, majoring in painting and being awarded a B.F.A. with honors in 1988. I also hold a B.A. in English literature from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. For several years I combined writing with art-making to create unique artist’s books that traveled in exhibitions to museum venues across the country. Other media and formats I have used include constructed paintings, ricepaper quilts with autobiographical content and glass mosaic.

•Major grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation 1995 •Several grants from the MCC through the Somerville Arts Council and from the LEF Foundation to organize and curate two community-based shows on topics combining history of place with contemporary culture. "Digging Up a Buried River" in 1994 and "Lifting the Veil" in 1997 were hits locally and ranked among the top 10 best shows of the year in Boston by several critics. •1998 and 1999 - Project Manager for “Creating Eden: A Portrait of an American City Through Its Gardens.” I coordinated 15 writers, 15 photographers and 15 gardeners in this major, year-long project of the Somerville Arts Council, which culminated in a 45-page catalog and the simultaneous installation of 15 large-scale photographic exhibitions in Somerville businesses. •Currently represented by corporate art consultants in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California. My work is substantially represented in the collections of Fidelity Investments and Manulife Financial and included in those of other national corporations, hotels and individual collectors.