name is Nathalie Torres and I was born 1971 in Bogota-Colombia. I sign my paintings
as “Naty” which I am sometimes fondly called. As a little girl I had
dreams of art and as a young adult I pursued my love of music and dance
for ten years.It was also then
that I recognized my ability for painting.
high school in 1987, I spent the next few years attending college where I
studied advertisement and publishing. In the mean time, I found a job as
a graphic artist in a publishing agency and started practicing dance with
the Colombian Ballet; a mixture of technical ballet and folklore.
I was drawn
completely to dancing, and before finishing college I dedicated a hundred
percent of my time to it. I loved the experience of discovering new places
My travels with the
Colombian Ballet brought me to the United States, where I realized making
a living as an artist was possible.
In 1999 I made the
United States my home and started attending college to learn English. I
also studied other classes and accomplished an AA degree in a matter of
two years. One of the elective classes I found exciting was drawing and
painting and it changed my whole vision. My art professor thought I had
talent and suggested that I give it a try and I did.
developing my artwork at home; drawing and painting ballet scenes, which I
was already quite familiar with. From there I moved on to self-portraits
improving my oil-painting technique. The next inspiration was the study of
children because looking at them shows us how life should be seen and
A few years later,
I developed the hammock works of the “swinging” series. The inspiration
came from a painting I did of my sister and her kid sleeping in a hammock.
After the painting was finished, I was trying to find the right frame for
it and an inspiration, like a heavenly light, brought the idea to my mind.
The hammock works
are created and oil-painted on standard-sized canvas. What makes these
paintings unique is the extension of the hammock beyond the canvas. This
adds a third dimension and a feeling of tension to the works. The
extension of the hammock is made of cloth painted and folded to make it
match with the colors and folds within the painting.
Since the year
2000, I have been participating in outdoor art shows and art exhibitions
around Florida showing my artwork, which has earned me several awards and
I hope my artwork
brings joy to your heart,