Artists / First Year CU! Artists

Natasha Isenhour

Socorro, NM |

Natasha Isenhour spent her youth and early adulthood in North Carolina before packing her bags 23 years ago and moving to that place that had felt like home in the recesses of her heart for decades.  It was in New Mexico that the elements of earth and sky began to drive her creativity and a lifetime of expression through music and writing turned to painting.

Isenhour captures her emotional response to the landscape with a contemporary expressionistic style.  While from a distance a first response is to the realistic feeling of the work, a closer looks reveals a contemporary edge where her mark making controls the impressions of mass and delicacy.  She uses color to express her response and to direct you to the magical “thing” that insisted be painted.   Participating in numerous plein air events throughout the year informs her studio work through the on-site study of value and color temperature as it can only be seen with the eye.  Observation and her degree in Geology afford her a deep understanding of geologic landforms and the bones of the earth that allow her to so effectively convey the depth and mass of her subjects.  Much of her work is of the ever changing landscape although still life is very much a beloved subject.  You will find her work hauntingly unpopulated as she tries to convey the emotion of place while leaving you alone in your thoughts.  She stops a moment in time for you to feel that fleeting second when the sun electrifies the top of a canyon at first light, or when you smell the rain just before the crack of thunder that releases it.  “The land is a shapeshifter and changes every second.  Each second is precious and has its very own story to tell and I want to share with you those stories as I heard them.”

Natasha Isenhour is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists.

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