Socorro, NM | natashaisenhour.com
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 that 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 look 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 to 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.