Website: www.nataliemkent.comNatalie Kent is an illustrator, painter, and graphic artist from Houston, Texas, currently based in Oklahoma City. She sold her first drawing when she was five, setting up a table at the end of her driveway with a sign that said “Art, 5 cents.” As a child she often read children’s books on Georgia O’Keeffe, Mozart, and Leonardo Da Vinci, and she would marvel in the illustrations of Kinuko Y. Craft, Bill Watterson, Shel Silverstein, and Graeme Base as she sat at the kitchen table eating an after-school snack.Her passion for art led her to pursue a baccalaureate visual arts degree in graphic design at Texas Woman’s University, with an extensive background in art history and painting. Her work was shown in several juried exhibitions on campus, as well as two collaborative shows. By graduation, her creativity, academics, and leadership had earned her multiple honors and awards, including the Outstanding Senior award, the highest honor a student could achieve on campus, making her a Distinguished Alumna at the university.Natalie’s art is a synthesis of her creativity and her love of knowledge. It is rare for her to complete a work without researching it thoroughly beforehand. Her art has been described as “Bold, sophisticated, precise, calm, and collected, with an intense energy below the surface.” She draws much of her inspiration from nature, and classical masterpieces in literature, music, and visual art. Because of this, her work is often filled with subtle universal symbols and themes.If she’s not making art, Natalie can be found hiking the trails at the Wichita Wildlife Refuge with her pit bull, Ramses, or paddleboarding on the river through the Stinchcomb Wildlife Reserve. In the late evenings, Natalie can be found sitting at the bar of one of her favorite local beer establishments drawing in her sketchbook or writing out research notes with an IPA in hand.
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