Nathalie Kelley is a full time, professional artist. Although she is mostly a self-taught artist, she has won many awards. She was born into an artistic family in Texas to parents who were landscape artists. Her grandparents on both sides were also professional artists. Her training has been years of being mentored by her parents and a few workshops along the way.
Nathalie’s art includes realism in watercolor, poured watercolors, prophetic worship art in acrylic on canvas, and hand painted silk worship flags, and streamers.
Her art work graces numerous businesses, homes, offices, buildings, and churches. Her commissioned works include various murals for private and corporate collections, portraits, silk flags for worship celebrations and the illustrations for a few children’s books, including “The Little Lamp” and “Zombie Meatloaf”.
For 15 years (from 1985 to 2000), Nathalie owned, Nathalie’s Inc. a ceramic wholesale/manufacturing company. She designed, painted, and produced millions of tiny pieces of art in the form of ceramic buttons and jewelry. These pieces were sold nationally and internationally. In the 1990’s she began to work in watercolor and acrylics and then in 2006 she discovered the challenge and wonderful effects created with silk painting and dying.
Nathalie has also had the awesome privilege of sharing her creativity utilizing visual worship arts. She has ministered at numerous conferences, retreats, Aglow meetings, on Primetime Christian Broadcasting, at the 2005 and 2007 Women of Faith National Convention in San Antonio, and three Joy In Jesus Retreats in Guatemala.
Her dance team, The Doorkeepers of His Glory, were blessed to be part of Randall Bane’s concert production “The Ark of His Presence”. The desire of Nathalie’s heart is to worship God “With All My Art” and make His praise glorious!
In 2010 Nathalie began to share her talents and ideas by teaching classes, conducting workshops, and presenting demonstrations at various art clubs. Currently, she teaches various art classes at WTC-College on the Square.
“My earliest memories are about art. I can remember an early childhood memory at age five when I created a handful of paintings. I took them around the neighborhood to sell. To my great delight, I sold every piece! And I have been painting and selling ever since then.
I was raised in a home where the easel was always out, the palette was always fresh, and a canvas always was ready or the art work was already in progress. My parents medium of choice was oil paints, so that is what I grew up with. They taught me about light and shadows and we worked from dark to light.
As an adult, I discovered the wonderful challenge of watercolors and working from light to dark. I loved the portability of watercolors. Often, I would take my palette , brushes and paper to work with me. Then, during break-time I would sit in my car and paint.
Most of the images I have captured with paint , have begged me to paint them either because of the colors, the memories, the light, the reflections, or the spiritual significance. It is my hope that my art will inspire you, bless you, encourage you, or just simply make you feel good. When the Lord revealed to me that He had made me creative and that He wanted me to create with Him, I could not resist His invitation.
These are the creative expressions of my worship of the Lord.
I want to “SHOW forth the praises of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) “