Natasha NewtoN Art & Illustration
I'm an artist and illustrator living in two inspiring and beautiful locations. Suffolk, with its vast skies and seascapes, and Surrey, the most densely-wooded county in the UK. Perfect for a painter who loves trees!
After a lifelong interest in art, I started my profession as a fine art painter in my twenties, exhibiting work at numerous galleries across the UK and overseas. Illustration was something that seemed to find me. As my work gained a following online, I found I was frequently contacted by art directors, publishing companies, and businesses who hired me to work on various projects - and so the illustration side of my business was born. Commissions have included work for Random House and Quarto books, several magazines, and the printing company Moo, among others. Please visit the Press page to see some examples of these projects and features.
I try to communicate the magic and mystery of the natural world through my paintings, and my work is often inspired by the seasons I consider the most beautiful and evocative; Autumn and Winter. I love the countryside and coast, visiting National Trust properties and exploring old buildings or towns - anywhere that gives me a strong sense of nostalgia and history.
One of my favourite pastimes is beach combing along the Suffolk coast. The wilder and more desolate the beach, the better! The pieces of sea glass and beach pottery I find, beautifully tumbled by the waves and the passage of time, have found their way into my work. I select certain pieces to paint on, giving these items another life as a treasured work of art. I am fascinated by the stories of these objects; what they were once a part of and the past life they had, before they were washed up on to the shoreline and into my hands.
I occasionally work with selected brands through my Instagram account, testing and reviewing art materials, and promoting smaller (often British) businesses that I feel are in line with my interests and ethics. I am asked on a daily basis which art materials I use, and in early 2019 Amazon offered me the chance to have my own storefront. I’ve found that this is an ideal way to recommend products I use and love to my followers, with the benefit of earning a small commission from each sale. If you’re interested in discovering my favourite art supplies, books, film-making equipment etc., and would like to help support my career in this way at no extra cost to yourself, you can view my storefront here: amazon.co.uk/shop/natashanewtonart. If you’re a brand who would like to work with me, you can submit your proposal via the contact page.
My online shop featuring my original artwork and signed prints can be found here: natashanewton.com/shop