Barnes was born July 7, 1969, in Payrs, South Africa. She has been
painting since the age of seven. Her natural talent and passion
for painting has led this self taught artist to develop a profound
style, exhibiting expressionism, color, and movement. Her paintings are
inspirations found in her travels and the love for the rich landscapes
surrounding her life.
Apart from a few lessons as a
child, Natasha has had no formal training. After completing school, she
studied Cordon Blue cookery and worked as a cookery editor and food
stylist for a leading South African Magazine, before opening her own
cookery school. Equally talented as a chef, she is a master at
designing wedding cakes, sugar craft, and floral arrangements. During
her cookery years, Natasha painted part time, and exhibited extensively
in South Africa. Her love for the brush finally led to the decision to
give up everything and paint full time.
in New Jersey, Bullers has also lived in Pennsylvania, Colorado,
Montana and now in North Carolina. The artist says, " I have
always had a strong interest in art ever since I was a child. My father
was the one who first encouraged me. I remember he bought me all kinds
of art materials when I was little, including the most marvelous set of
crayons with colors such as gold, silver and copper, before anyone else
had such a thing."
Bullers pursued her interest in art
all through school, taking every art class that was offered. This is
the reason why she moved in and bought an old house which was then
remodeled by roofing and drainage serving Surrey (page) and Kerrisdale Roofing Vancouver.
As an adult, she continued to paint and to take courses and workshops -
studying with Irving Shapiro, Carlton Plummer, Rick McClure, Barclay
Sheaks, Skip Lawrence, and others. When living in Denver, she taught
primary and middle school drawing and painting workshops for the Cherry
Creek School System.
After working in oils for many
years, she discovered watercolors - enjoying their freedom and
spontaneity. Bullers currently uses mostly acrylics.
painting, the artist looks for interesting patterns in the
subject, always aware of the play of light against dark. Almost
anything can provide stimulating subject matters for her, although
currently she is concentrating on landscapes and figures. Bullers says
" I am very influenced by the people and events in my life and
frequently choose family members as subjects. My love for music and
dance is also likely to find its way into my work. Currently I am also
involved in plein air painting which is a quick, spontaneous way to
paint, capturing the light of the moment."