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Tina Natonabah

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“Colorado BNB”

acrylic on canvas

20 x 20”

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Natonabah: Tina NatonabahNatonabah: Tina Natonabah

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1. What do you do when you’re not making art? (Day job etc...).

With the schools wisely moving to online format, I found myself working as the Teacher Assistant for our two teenagers. I am PUNTING here - please send me help! I have retired from my 20 year employment at our local Credit Union. So now, I am “gloriously” PAINTING FULL time. I studied with Nicholas Wilton, Susan Melgrath and Alice Sheridan. I completed Art2Life Class of 2019, and now participate in the Art2Life Academy.

2. Why do you make art?

My relationship to art is in reality - my LIFELINE. I “work out” my emotions, solve problems, create beauty and it has always been the bigger part of me as a person. My artwork is my identity and dedicated vocation.

3. What inspires you?

I take tons of photos. Sometimes I don’t know why I’m attracted to a particular idea/image until I start working with it - in sketch book, or using that image in a painting. I’m looking for Universal truths that personally “ring true” for me. 90% of my paintings are then “figured out” in my sleeping dreams. I dream clearly about my artwork nearly every night. In my sleeping state that is where I solve problems of design and color choices, and symbols. My dreams propel my paintings, and the other way around.

4. What/who are your influences?

Artists in History who influence me are: Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Magritte, and Hundentvasser. They were innovators. Current artists who really mentor and converse with me are Diane McGregor, my good friend and and artist. I trust her instincts and she understands my work. Diane is a “draw-er” and works with her eyes closed - so mysterious and fascinating! Also Alexandra Eldridge, who uses Antique Glass Negatives (bought in real estate auctions) and enlarges and prints on Tivek to 40 x 60.” Then she paints on them. She creates unreal, timeless realities that are symbolic “fantasty” - all at the same time. Also I love and appreciate the work of Tony Abeyta, Felix Virgil, Emma Whitehorse and Shonto Begay. Their imagery is highly contemporary but also deeply tied to their cultures and very distinct traditional imagery.

5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Banksy! Wouldn’t you?