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MY NAME IS NATALIE WILSON-ANDERSON. I WAS BORN IN ATLANTA, I LIVE IN ROCKVALE, TN; BUT I CALL NATCHEZ, MS MY HOME…IT WAS THERE THAT I WAS RAISED, AND WHERE I LOVE TO BE MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. I MOVED THERE WHEN I WAS 13, TO LIVE WITH MY DAD. I BEGAN MY JOURNEY AT CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE I MET THE PERSON OF INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME OF MY ARTWORK. HER NAME WAS BETH BUNCH.... MY FRIEND BETH HAD BROWN HAIR AND FRECKLES JUST LIKE ME. SHE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SPEAK TO ME, AND PASS ME A LETTER IN ENGLISH CLASS. SHE ADDRESSED ME AS “GNAT”, AND DREW LITTLE BUGS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LITTLE GNATS FLYING ALL OVER THE PAPER. THE NAME STUCK, AND EVER SINCE THAT FIRST PASSED NOTE FROM BETH, I HAVE SIGNED EVERY PIECE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK WITH “GNAT” OR WITH A LITTLE BUG THAT SYMBOLIZES A SMALL GNAT.

MY DEAR FRIEND PASSED AWAY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL IN A TRAGIC CAR ACCIDENT. THOUGH, THE…

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MY NAME IS NATALIE WILSON-ANDERSON. I WAS BORN IN ATLANTA, I LIVE IN ROCKVALE, TN; BUT I CALL NATCHEZ, MS MY HOME…IT WAS THERE THAT I WAS RAISED, AND WHERE I LOVE TO BE MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. I MOVED THERE WHEN I WAS 13, TO LIVE WITH MY DAD. I BEGAN MY JOURNEY AT CATHEDRAL HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE I MET THE PERSON OF INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME OF MY ARTWORK. HER NAME WAS BETH BUNCH.... MY FRIEND BETH HAD BROWN HAIR AND FRECKLES JUST LIKE ME. SHE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO SPEAK TO ME, AND PASS ME A LETTER IN ENGLISH CLASS. SHE ADDRESSED ME AS “GNAT”, AND DREW LITTLE BUGS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE LITTLE GNATS FLYING ALL OVER THE PAPER. THE NAME STUCK, AND EVER SINCE THAT FIRST PASSED NOTE FROM BETH, I HAVE SIGNED EVERY PIECE OF ORIGINAL ARTWORK WITH “GNAT” OR WITH A LITTLE BUG THAT SYMBOLIZES A SMALL GNAT.

MY DEAR FRIEND PASSED AWAY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL IN A TRAGIC CAR ACCIDENT. THOUGH, THE MEANING AND SIGNIFIGANCE OF “GNAT” HAS CHANGED SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, THERE ARE MANY PIECES OF ARTWORK THAT HAVE A SMALL GNAT IN THE CORNER OF THE CANVAS THAT REPRESENT THE FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE AND REMEMBERENCE THAT I CONTINUE TO HAVE FOR MY ONLY OTHER FRECKLE FACED BEST FRIEND. MOST PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THAT THE “G” IS SILENT, THOUGH IT SPEAKS VOLUMES TO ME….FOR IT IS THAT SILENT “G” THAT IS MY SWEET FRIEND ADDRESSING ME FROM HUNDREDS OF PASSED NOTES THROUGHOUT HIGHSCHOOL AND DRIVERS ED, AND THE ONLY PERSON THAT HAS EVER DONE SO.

MY DREAM IN LIFE WAS TO BE A COURT ROOM AND FORENSIC ARTIST, BUT AS SOON AS I REALIZED HOW HARD IT WAS TO SUPPORT MYSELF AND GO TO SCHOOL, I KNEW I HAD TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD SECURE MYSELF A POSITION IN THE WORKFORCE IMMEDIATELY AFTER COLLEGE, SO I BECAME A NURSE…. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL JOB THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE AT HOME ALL DAY EVERYDAY, AND I TAKE CALL FOR THE RECOVERY ROOM AND SURGICAL SERVICES AT NIGHT. AT ONE POINT IN MY LIFE, I COULD NEVER IMAGINE WORKING LESS THAN 50 HOURS A WEEK, BUT THAT ALL CHANGED ONCE WE HAD OUR FIRST CHILD, ABIGAIL.

I BEGAN MY JOURNEY BACK INTO ART WHILE I WAS PREGNANT WITH ABIGAIL I WANTED A PERFECT LITTLE PAINTING OVER MY PERFECT LITTLE CHILDS’ CRIB, AND FOUND THE PERFECT ONE IN A POTTERY BARN CATALOG WITH A NOT SO PERFECT PRICE. I WAS NOT WILLING TO PAY THE ASKING AMOUNT, SO I COMPROMISED, AND CREATED MY OWN VERSION OF THE ARTWORK… MY NIEGHBOR SAW IT, WHO WAS ALSO PREGNANT, AND HAD HER OWN PERFECT PIECE OF ARTWORK INVISIONED IN HER HEAD, AND ASKED ME TO CREATE IT FOR HER… IT WAS A SIMPLE PAINTING WITH POLKA DOTS, STRIPES, AND HER CHILDS NAME IN THE MIDDLE. THANKS TO THAT ONE PAINTING, THERE ARE NOW SEVERAL PAINTINGS OF MINE HANGING OVER MANY SWEET BABIES' CRIBS. I ENJOY IT SO MUCH, THAT I AM GOING TO START PERSUING IT AS MORE THAN JUST A HOBBY.

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