Natalie Toplass

Natalie works primarily in oils and is well known for her meticulous detail, vibrant colours and strong contemporary style. Her work is often large in scale and full of drama and vibrancy.

“Over the years painting flowers and birds has developed from an interest into a passion. I wanted to experiment with working on a larger scale whilst still capturing detail, character and fragility. For myself, the larger scale creates a feeling of being encom- passed in pure colour and sensuous shapes, some of which are often passed over if viewed on a smaller scale. I allow the subject itself to direct which value I focus on. For example, sometimes only colour will reflect the impact and dynamism of the subject, other times contrasts between light and shade are so intense that the brief moment in nature has to be studied and captured in full”

Symmetry in nature is fundamental to its being. I find this fascinating; is a perfect, harmonious structure of an object which can be divided into equal shapes and sizes. By using images of sections of earlier paintings I am creating new symmetry based work, repeating shapes, colours and textures, creating six duplicate images on one canvas building a kaleidoscopic likeness.