London-based artist Natalie Winter has an insatiable thirst for excellence that is showcased in her impressive body of work.

Although she's currently very busy preparing for her new exhibition In Site (which all of you lucky Londoners will be able to check out in May), Winter found the time to answer a couple of questions about her creative process, inspirations, and what lies ahead for her.

Be sure to check out Natalie's website for more of her work.


Describe yourself in 5 words?

Diligent, honest, still, creative, agenuine

What's the most challenging piece you've ever created?

No doubt producing a group of paintings and drawings for a new exhibition coming up in May, this year! The concept derives from Guy Debord's theories on psychogeography and ideas on 'movement', living in London.

If you were in a band, what kind of music would you play?

I find playing music very cathartic, similar to painting, so if I get the chance, I jam on the piano or guitar. I have an eclectic taste depending on how I'm feeling; I enjoy listening to melodic tunes by Vashti Bunyan but also soul and funk, like Parliament.

When was the last time you tried something new?

It seems like I'm trying something new every day! I'm always learning new skills with painting that at times is frustrating as it takes time to really develop and see the results you desire. Patience is key; I often remind myself being an artist is a long game not short!

What's the most provocative piece you've ever created?

Probably the pieces I'm working on now for 'In Site' exhibition. My aim is to create exciting paintings that are spontaneous, instinctive and visceral. I've loosened up a lot with form and hope to produce vibrant imagery that carries with the viewer, even when they're not looking at the piece.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you and what would the film be called?

Woody Allen, the Coen Brothers and Studio Ghibli are a couple of my favourite directors, so an anime film made about my life voiced over by Diane Keaton would be pretty unusual! Otherwise, Jean Seberg would be interesting.

What are the top two compliments you hear from people about yourself?

I'm blessed to be able to do what I love, so often people say I work hard and am committed.

What inspires you?

Literature, music, places and people everywhere. At the moment, I'm inspired by Clarice Lispector's Agua Viva - a stream of her thoughts on being in the 'instant'. I get inspiration for my paintings from photos of places I've travelled but I also talking to other artists and discussing their work really helps develop my own. I would recommend any new artist joining a collective of some kind, or at least going to life-drawing classes to meet other artists.

What is your most valuable skill?

Being open-minded - I try everything and give everything a go. Even if something doesn't plan out how you expected you usually learn something positive from the experience.

What's the best piece you've ever created?

I'm yet to create it!

Any advice for new artists?

Surround yourself with other like-minded individuals and those who are constructive about your art. Go to gallery openings, private viewings, walk around museums for research and always have a notebook on you - I currently have a few A5 sketchbooks for different kinds of sketching: some for landscape, figurative, life drawing and some for mad scribbling. They're useful when I'm travelling, as well as having a few larger A1 sketchpads for planning out compositions of paintings. It's hard work, as you are working at it every day and you will question if this was the right move for you so make sure you love it! Over time, you will begin to see what makes your art signature and how you can grow.

What is a movie moment that completely transformed you?

The entirety of Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959), a French new wave film reflecting on the atomic bombings in Japan and a catalyst for modern cinema.

What do you consider to be the highlight of your life?

There's quite a few, but deciding to be serious about becoming full-time artist was definitely an awakening, and also accepting an offer recently to study a Masters in Fine Art this September.

What makes you smile?

Letting go of inhibitions and just concentrating on being in the moment rather than looking to the future.

Lastly, what are you currently working on?

An upcoming exhibition called 'In Site' at The Gallery at Republic in May, which you can RSVP to by heading here. We have live music, talks, and events planned throughout the exhibition from the 4th - 11th May, so should be fun!

In Site will be at The Gallery at Republic in London from the 4th to the 11th May, with the private viewing on the 4th May at 6pm till late. The event is free, and live music and drinks will be provided. You can RSVP here. You can visit Natalie's website here