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Natalie Marie Crane was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. Obsessed with making her mark from an early age, Natalie grew up unconscious of the artistic influences of her parents, who were nevertheless displeased with the crayon on the walls. Her determination showed itself early as she decided that she needed to master the skills of drawing, taking classes that filled up her weekends and summers.

Natalie began her formal training during high school by studying oil painting, drawing composition, and fashion design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Continuing her education at San Francisco State University, Natalie took advantage of an opportunity to study art in Florence, Italy. Admitted to the prestigious Accademia, she spent one year drawing and painting in the shadow of the David while studying Italian Renaissance and Futurist art…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 23
  • Joined March 29, 2011

Favorite materials

Oil, Graphite, Film

About

Natalie Marie Crane was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. Obsessed with making her mark from an early age, Natalie grew up unconscious of the artistic influences of her parents, who were nevertheless displeased with the crayon on the walls. Her determination showed itself early as she decided that she needed to master the skills of drawing, taking classes that filled up her weekends and summers.

Natalie began her formal training during high school by studying oil painting, drawing composition, and fashion design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Continuing her education at San Francisco State University, Natalie took advantage of an opportunity to study art in Florence, Italy. Admitted to the prestigious Accademia, she spent one year drawing and painting in the shadow of the David while studying Italian Renaissance and Futurist art.


Primarily an oil painter, Natalie focuses her work on human figures. She is particularly intrigued by the way a person’s surroundings affect their skin tone, and she uses lenses like water or mirrors to distort the natural shape and color of the human body.

Compared to her reflective paintings that seek to elicit specific emotional responses from her viewers, her drawings are more expressive of her current feelings. In her imaginative and illustrative drawings, she uses a controlled fine-point graphite pencil to depict scenes with a raw intensity.

Natalie incorporates the elements of her painting and drawing into her photography. She contemplates the composition of every frame to capture the fleeting interaction of subjects in the natural world.

Through all her art, Natalie’s goal is to capture and convey specific feelings with which her viewers will connect and to which they will relate pieces of their own lives.

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