Natalie Jane Parker was born in Sydney, Australia in 1971. At the age of 10, Natalie's family made a tree change to a five-acre property, north of Newcastle in New South Wales. With bush surroundings and abundant wildlife, this in turn would be a major influence in her talent as a wildlife artist. She has been a wildlife artist focusing on Australian fauna and flora since 1996. Her home and studio is nestled on 50 acres in the picturesque Hunter Valley, which views provide daily inspiration for her art. Natalie paints in acrylic paint on clay coated board, which gives her the smooth surface which she requires to achieve her intricate details. The finishing touch to most paintings is an ant or two, which has become an unofficial signature in her work. Taking time to go into the bush is just as important as studio time. Natalie takes her camera everywhere, spending countless hours at wildlife parks and even visiting local people who rescue orphaned and injured wildlife. Also on her frequent field trips she collects interesting pieces of wood, rocks, native grasses, and nuts and has them in her studio to get the details exact. She even has jars of dirt gathered from various areas along with photographs of the flora that coincides in that area. Having a reference collection like this is an important tool for Natalie's artworks. Natalie's paintings have been published on numerous open and limited edition prints, jigsaw puzzles, calendars, and greeting cards. She also has been working with an Australian company called Ashdene for close to 20 years, with her work being featured on bone china mugs, trays, coasters, and placemats. She has also written and illustrated over 30 successful children's books, most are nature based. This has helped market her work to a whole new demographic of young children and parents as her books are found throughout Australia in book stores, school libraries, and public libraries. Natalie's work is unique in that it is accessible to all, from the youngest preschool children, cherished by memento-hunting tourists and to those in the investment art world.
Natalie has supported a wide range of conservation causes over the years. She believes opening peoples eyes to wildlife and the importance of nature through art appreciation is a useful and subtle way to educate. Through starting a conversation about the beauty of wildlife, and generating interest, Natalie believes everyone can make a difference. One thing that Natalie is very proud of is that she has illustrated a reference book for school aged children on Australia's endangered wildlife, she believes educating our children - the leaders of tomorrow, will be a strong ally for wildlife, nature and conservation.
Over the years she has donated artwork, prints, calendars, and numerous pieces of homewares like coffee cups, coasters, trays and placemats featuring her work. She has helped small wildlife carer groups as well as supported larger conservation groups. Natalie will always help where she can!