Natasha Morton, b. 1975, Edinburgh, Scotland, is a UK-based artist whose work is influenced by a childhood spent in her grandmother's antique shop, and a lifelong obsession with collecting vintage oddities and artefacts.
Natasha studied design at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 1997 with BA Honours in Design and Applied Arts. Following this she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Design during which time she worked at Tanuki Studio in New York.
In 1998 she was awarded the Crown Award at New Designers. From 1998 to 2002 she was a designer at Artwork Ltd, Hyde, Cheshire, England, followed by a move to Auckland, New Zealand where she worked at Maurice Kain Textiles Studios from 2002-2003. In 2003 she returned to the UK to concentrate on her own independent artwork. Her paintings have been featured in various UK exhibitions and galleries, including the Open Exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts.
"Like most artists, I am a bit of a magpie, so I love collecting anything that I find inspiring; everyday objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Bowls, jugs, cutlery, even antique kitchen utensils. Having been a textile designer for many years I am drawn to pattern, colour and symmetry.
I like to alternate between the use of acrylics and watercolours. When painting in acrylics I always feel a great sense of freedom as no brushmark or imagery has to be permanent. You can add layer upon layer to a painting, then sand it back to reveal hidden surprises.
With watercolours I like to be precise, and there is very little margin for error. To me, this makes the watercolours I produce more challenging. Whilst I don't regard myself as a botanical artist, I love the inspiration that comes from the natural organic beauty of plants."