Artist’s Statement

NAT AT WORKI was born in Cassino, Italy, in 1954, and I immigrated to Canada with my family when I was 3 years old. At an early age and through high school, I showed an interest in art, especially drawing. After high school, I decided to concentrate on art studies and enrolled in the 3 year intensive arts course at Central Technical School in Toronto. This course stressed art history, illustration, design, printmaking, ceramics, painting, with an emphasis on life drawing. Since completing this course, I have consistently been attending life drawing classes and working with various media and subject matter: figure drawing, still lifes, landscape, portraiture, in pastel, oils and acrylics.

I have always been fascinated with the beauty of nature. In 2008, I moved to Ontario’s Lanark Highlands region, which I find truly inspiring and where I have established my own studio at 1523 Sheridan Rapids Road. While I continue my life studies, I endeavour to concentrate more on interpreting the local landscape and its beauty. I usually work from photo references to achieve a realistic style, but I intend to focus more on location painting producing results which are looser and more spontaneous.