Stop by our Pure Space Gallery and see the original works by our very own Natalie Marshall.
Natalie Marshall grew up in a fine art gallery. Seeing the comings and goings of artists, collectors, other art dealers, Natalie gravitated toward the behind the scenes discipline of painting restoration. As a junior in high school she spent several weeks in California taking a hands on restoration course with Adele Pruitt and Conservation Supply Co.. At the direction of Art Conservation program leaders at the Winterthur in Delaware, Natalie chose to remain in state and work toward a degree in chemistry at East Carolina University, acquiring all the studio art and art history courses the degree would afford. In her sophomore year, Natalie received an invitation to attend The Surikov Art Institute in Moscow’s Art Conservation program. This changed her course trajectory from a chemistry focus to art focus, however, not wanting to lose credit for the knowledge, Natalie developed her own curriculum and applied for a Multidisciplinary Degree. This degree allowed her to incorporate Russian Language courses, which otherwise were not allowed in Art History, Chemistry courses, studio arts and art history. Filling her schedule beyond the recommended course load, taking a semester abroad to Russia, Natalie was able to complete the degree in 3.5 years. She promptly left for Moscow following graduation. The Surikov Art Institute trained Natalie in portraiture as well as traditional conservation techniques. Natalie returned to North Carolina after completing the Surikov Institute’s Painting Conservation program. During the winter of 2010, Natalie moved to New York City, where she began working for two conservation studios, Chelsea Art Restoration and Simon Parkes Art Conservation, SPAC. While both studios provided needed experience, SPAC offered a higher level of attention due to it being Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses’ go-to restoration studio. Natalie was called in for last minute work, just prior to auction openings to work high on ladders touching up. She had the opportunity to work on paintings from Modern paintings by Mark Rothko to Impressionist works by Monet and Renoir to colonial portraits. In 2016, Natalie moved to Greensboro, North Carolina to continue a career in art restoration as well as portrait painting. She was awarded the Regional Artist Grant from Guilford County Arts Council in 2020 allowing her to focus more directly on painting. Her work is in private collections in PA, AZ, WV, FL and NC.