About meARTIST STATEMENT
“The meaning in my art comes from my personal interactions with my surroundings and my culture.”
Nathalie Bertin (1969) originally hails from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After working as a graphic designer for several years, Bertin began showing her art publicly in 2009. She now works as a multi-disciplinary artist.
Bertin’s style is often described as luminescent, energetic, bold and colourful. She is also fond of strong shapes and textures. "I am more concerned about expressing feelings about my subject matter through colour, shape and texture rather than recreating a technically realistic representation." She often incorporates elements of her French and Algonquin heritage, such as symbols, beads or furs, in concepts that blend her two cultures. The land is also a common subject since it supports her physically and spiritually. “As an artist with European and First Nations roots, I am inspired by the art of my divergent cultures. My goal is to explore how my cultural connections and lifestyle interact with the natural environment that I live in and vice versa.” A consistent theme in her work explores her life experience as a subsistence hunter.
A few of Bertin’s recent projects were inspired from traditional storytelling and folk tales. Some of these have been reproduced by the Royal Canadian Mint on collector coins for release in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In June 2010, Bertin was selected as an artist ambassador for the G20 Summit in Toronto, a volunteer position that garnered global media attention for Canadian artists from Muskoka. Her work can be found in collections of the Government of Manitoba, Government of Alberta, corporate organizations and private collectors across Canada, the US, Europe and Africa.
Bertin currently divides her time between her home studio in Newmarket, ON and home-away-from-home in Muskoka, ON.
College / UniversityBrock University