Everyone knows Natalie. If you have been into the gallery, her smiling face is one of the first you see. Our long-time clients ask for her by name, and value the fact that she remembers their taste and style. But, believe it or not, she has a life outside of Maine Art!
Natalie was born at Portsmouth Naval Air Hospital in Kittery, Maine. Her father was stationed at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth. Being a military child, her travels started at a young age. One of her earliest memories is of Madrid, Spain, while her father was stationed at Torrejon Air Base.
“I think this is where my interest in art may have begun. There was a man in Spain, Suarez Gomez, who became a friend of my father’s. He was an artist that used various mediums such as oil, pastel and charcoal. Several paintings and portraits of his hung in our home for many years, even after we returned stateside,” says Lane. “Some of them hang in my home now.”
“I have a lot of artwork in my home centered around trees, birds and botanicals, so I guess you could say I’m a nature lover,” says Natalie. “Thanks to my 4-H leader, Mrs. Saltmarsh, I have also been sewing and designing with fabric since I was nine years-old. Project Runway is my guilty pleasure. On my days off, I like to poke around flea markets and browse through old photos. Yet most of all, I love spending time with family and friends. My husband, daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons are by far my favorites.”
Natalie participated in various clubs and sports in school, but her favorite was Drama Club. She is always writing or composing something in her head, but it was the camaraderie and creativeness it required that drew her in. This explains why she is so at home at Maine Art.
“When I came to Maine Art, I was prompted to take on the challenge of original art sales along with running the custom framing aspect of the business. I enjoy welcoming new customers to the gallery, engaging in conversation, and introducing them to the works of all our artists,” says Lane. “I feel lucky to have a career in a creative field, and I am privileged to work with such quality people.”
Art has always been a love of Natalie’s, even though she doesn’t draw or paint. Apparently this talent was doled out to other members of her family, but skipped her. Taking lessons is on her list of future plans, but so are a few other things.
“In the future I want to travel. Honestly, anywhere. I want to see more of America, especially the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. As far as what I want to be when I grow up,” Lane pauses and smiles, “I plan on becoming our beloved Miss Patty.”
Miss Patty Taylor is one of our former employees, who still visits often, and whom we all love dearly. If anyone can fill Miss Patty’s shoes it will certainly be Natalie. This is proven in her final words of her interview when asked what is most important to know about her;
“I believe in the Golden Rule, Karma, and if I can help, I will.”
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