Natasha Isenhour is known for her striking still life paintings and atmospheric, representational landscapes. Natasha paints full-time on location and in her studio in New Mexico, and resides near the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, where she finds limitless inspiration. Her style explores local color while incorporating a slight contemporary edge, allowing her mark-making to control the impressions of mass and delicacy.
Isenhour is a Signature member and past President of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Signature member and current Vice President of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and is an Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists. She served as awards juror for the Richeson 75, Birds and Wildlife in Art, as well as juror for the Pastel Society of the West Coast's, 2018 Pastels USA 32nd Annual International Open Exhibition. Isenhour has been featured in numerous solo gallery and museum shows as well as group shows throughout the US and abroad. Most recently she has been invited to show at the prestigious Cowgirl Up! Art From the Other Half of the West, at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum for 2020 and the Pastel Society of America’s Annual Show, Enduring Brilliance, held at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in New York City.
Isenhour participates in numerous plein air events throughout the year and has garnered extensive recognition and numerous awards along the way. Natasha also teaches workshops for organizations and art societies and is invited to demonstrate regularly.
I have always been an artist. It's just the way that I process life. From a very early age, I was given a guitar. From that moment, the notes filling the air expressed another aspect of what I felt inside. Later I added writing to my creative process. My muse penned poetry, prose, and journal ramblings that seemed to articulate a voice inside that spoke a language all its own.
After exploring a lot of what life had to offer, I had the serendipitous opportunity to pick up a paint brush and discovered the very thing that made my heart sing. I had found the gift that picked up where the notes and words fell short. I realized I was a painter.
Since finding my voice as an artist, I have had the honor of being shown in London, England, and Florence, Italy, as well as throughout the Southwest. My paintings are collected internationally. My work has evolved from primarily architectural portraiture to animal portraiture, primarily birds. Whatever the subject, I am striving to capture the essence of the place or sentient being. I don't rely on surrounding environment or absolute biologic accuracy. Rather, I try to share with you a conversation or an emotion that you can hear or feel within yourself.
Every painting is a self-portrait.