Magdalena artist Natasha Isenhour, co-owner of Curious Crow Studio with Margi Lucena in Socorro, has been spending a good part of her time lately in Santa Fe with a variety of art projects.
In February she was Guest Artist for the ArtSmart Student Arts Projects, a part of Santa Fe’s ArtFeast, working with a group of kids from Capital High School.
“I worked with 11th and 12th graders for two weeks,” Isenhour said. “I was there to help them learn and understand surrealism with digital art. Fortunately they has a teacher who knew how important computer art can be. They had worked for several weeks on how to manipulate their images in Photoshop. After I got there they understood Photoshop and it went very well.”
She said the students created montages of non-copyrighted images.
“We produced 21 5×7 surrealist creations by the students. They are matted and framed and will be auctioned,” Isenhour said. “The works are being shown at the Red Dot Gallery on Canyon Road through March 20.”
Isenhour’s reputation in New Mexico’s art community has prompted the City of Santa Fe to send her to Austin, Texas to be the city’s representative at the annual South By Southwest festival.
“I will be painting from one till six on Friday, March 16th in the Santa Fe booth,” she said. “It will be during the music week. The idea is to promote Santa Fe as a destination the for film and music industries. It’s quite an honor.”
When she’s not painting in public, like the Plein Art events or her monthly demonstrations at the Santa Fe’s Inn at Loretto, Isenhour works full-time in the studio on Abeyta Street.
“I have an unstoppable stream of visual inspiration living in the southwest,” she states. “There are animals galore, sunsets, storytelling adobe ruins, the changing light of the seasons and more landscape that I could ever hope to absorb in a lifetime. All of these elements are present for me when I step up to the easel regardless of the subject that takes its place in the composition as I begin working.”
Isenhour’s collectors span the globe from all across the United States to Paris and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Her work has been exhibited internationally in London, the Czech Republic, and Florence, Italy. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and a writer for, and member of, the Pastel Society of New Mexico.
Isenhour is currently creating paintings for a new show opening May 4 at William and Joseph Gallery on Canyon Road titled “All Creatures Great and Small.”