Natalie Wright
Stoughton, Wisconsin

Natalie Wright creates large-scale wildlife portraits of woodland creatures, such as coyotes, hawks and owls. With a Western-influenced contemporary style, Natalie uses bold brushstrokes and neutral colors to capture an anthropomorphic quality in the animals. There is something human in their expressive eyes, relaxed postures, and the way she composes the portraits to show the bust of the animal. Creating her work at a large scale allows the viewer to confront the animal as you would another human, emphasizing a connection between the animal and the viewer. Like encountering an animal alone in the woods, there is a moment of recognition, a knowing exchange between two creatures acknowledging each other’s presence. The work is playful and quirky, and Natalie often draws inspiration from popular fables involving animals. Natalie explains “I want the work to lend itself to personal meaning and to always remind the owner of the raw, quiet moments, whether those are moments of intense emotion or subtle nuances of our nature.”

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Great Horned Owl

Acrylic painting on paper
Signed on front

50" h x 38" w 
0 lbs. 13 oz.


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This Great Horned Owl was hanging out in my photographer friend's backyard. I knew I had to paint this larger than life. I am captivated by the serious, stern energy that owls portray. I use iridescent paint that gives the work a shimmer that is hard to capture in a flat photograph.  

This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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