Nathalie began painting in high school originally because she needed a credit in art to graduate. She loved the class and the teacher (who painted with the Group of Seven) so much that she enrolled in one more class before graduating with honours and being awarded the Grade 13 Arts Effort and Achievement Award. Nathalie went on to do an undergraduate degree in Business at Wilfrid Laurier University with a ‘minor’ in Fine Arts. The day after her final exam at Laurier, she was on a plane to Japan for a year and a half to study Japanese language, art and culture and to teach English.
Following her time in Japan she moved to Hawaii to study abstract painting, life drawing and ‘intuitive’ painting at the Honolulu Academy of Art. This inspired her to continue her education, and she received her Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley College in Cambridge Massachusetts two years later. The beauty of this program was that Nathalie was exposed to all the arts: drama, music, storytelling, poetry… and from that moment she was hooked on all of them. Nathalie now paints, writes, performs/tells stories, teaches and lives in the community in Toronto she loves most, the Beach.