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Meet Natasha Rabin.
How Did You Become an Artist?
I loved to draw as a child. I was an arts & crafts counselor at
15. I entered college an art major, but switched to psychology.
The next time I picked up a brush was in Kyoto, Japan during the
very hot summer of 1990. I was there to study traditional
Japanese arts – tea ceremony, dance, and calligraphy. I arrived
some months after the loss of my mother to cancer. Before she
died we shared a profound closeness.
With open heart I found my way to a store named “Painted Cloud”
and purchased paints and brushes. It was upon arriving in Bali a
few weeks later that I sought out an artist to teach me. He
spoke no English. “Just do what he does,” said his cousin, who
brought me to Ketut Karta’s magical house above the rice fields.
I returned to Bali three and a half years later to paint my
first solo show.
What Kind of Art do you Make?
Much of my work has been portraiture. If you really look at
people, you will find something arresting in each face.
Sometimes it’s the length of a neck, the angle of a cheekbone,
or how the lips curve up and communicate an inner sense of joy.
Then too, I attempt to capture essence: two sisters cheek to
cheek, their love palpable; a father’s arms wrapped protectively
around his small child; the goddess energy that exemplifies the
photographs it in other women. Another focus of my
work is collage.
Through the juxtaposition of self-authored photographs and found
images, with all manner of paint and an ever growing treasure
papers from India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Thailand,
etc…a piece is born. It is always a journey of discovery and
surprise. I also create images with words. My first children’s
book – Year of the Cat – was published this past year.
What’s Your Muse?
My Muse can be a book that I’ve read [foremost on my list to
paint, Einstein’s Dreams] or people whose
lives draw me to spend
time with them at my easel [my shows: Father & Child, Luminous
Women and States of Grace]. I have created a series of
collages [samba, raga and flamenco, thus far] and painted a
yearlong love affair with flowers.
Numerous collages have been
inspired by India, where I long to
Italy, where I have studied art and
traveled as often as
been the impetus for both portraits and collage.
And, a self-portrait is the Muse that provides me the chance to
‘see’ myself. All the art I create evolves from a reverence for
beauty – the shapes, textures, colors, patterns, spirit and
inherent grace of a thing, a place, a face.
I have had a continuing desire to create a series of 26
paintings inspired by the letters of the alphabet; two down,
twenty-four to go. My next exhibit, however, will present
smaller groupings of work. Entitled, Trilogies, the show will
reveal my ongoing penchant for working in series of threes. The
exhibit will be on view at the Nyack Library for the month of
As for my next children’s book, I am writing one entitled, Being
Esmerelda, which I would like to illustrate as well. Though the
skills required for illustration differ from painting, my
characters are imploring me to go for it.
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Lilly Oncology on Canvas:
Celebrate the art. Celebrate the hope.
Lilly Oncology on Canvas is a biennial art competition and exhibition
that invites those touched by cancer to express, through art and
narrative, that which gives their cancer journey meaning. People
diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends,
caregivers and healthcare providers are all eligible.
Oncology on Canvas, which is currently
touring the country for two years, includes 580 separate works of art
and accompanying essays. Though the tour schedule does not
designate which pieces are on exhibit at which venues, seeing any of the
works is a moving and inspiring experience. So check the website below
to determine if and when the exhibit will be in your vicinity this year,
or next. You can also go to
to see some of the works that are being exhibited.
At the kick-off of the exhibition, four
works from Lilly Oncology on Canvas, among them "Groucho" were seen by
millions on the Regis & Kathy Show. When "Groucho" was shown, members of
the audience expressed an audible sigh; a sigh of relief perhaps that
there could be humor expressed as part of a cancer journey. This
year marks the 20th anniversary of my mother's death from cancer. She
will be the emissary of this message on tour, and at the cancer facility
that will receive the painting as a donation for their permanent