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Hello, my name is Natalya aka NAT aka ImaNATural Artist

I am a visual artist, creator, teacher, and an entrepreneur who uses a variety of art mediums including, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and digital work for personal and commissioned works. Often using, but are not limited to, black representation and nature to spark connections between the viewer and art expressing that we MUST lead with love and self awareness. I absolutely enjoy challenges and testing myself for mind stimulation, but also ensuring growth. However, if it has anything to do with speaking in front of a crowd...yeah that's a challenge that I have to do a lot of self talking for. Yes... I do talk to myself for anyone that's asking.

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My Story

Natalya Hutchinson is a visual artist whose always had a knack for creating. She was born and raised southwest of Houston in Missouri City, Texas. As an introvert, she found her voice through the use of art, sports, and humor. She began her interest in drawing and color at the age of 3. Redesigning Bratz dolls and their clothes at age 8. And sketching out her dream shoes and painting on clothing at age 15.

 

Natalya competed in Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Track and Field in the summers and also in school competitions for 11 years which taught her about competitiveness and determination that comes from within herself. Her main events were in shot put and discus. With her 'disadvantages' due to height, weight, and strength, she grew up learning that what may look like a disadvantage to others, it's what made her special. She always had to work 10x harder and hone in on what made her different by focusing on her strengths: technique and speed. She's won over 50+ medals including two Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze from National competitions in AAU Track. As a competitor on the field, she took that mindset into the classrooms and art world.

Though she had a love for graphic design after experiencing a class in high school, she decided to switch gears upon arriving college. After discovering a new realm of art during her second year, she graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking and minor in Entrepreneurship. Since then she has been administering classes at a private fine arts school, Sugar Land School of Fine Art, teaching children painting and drawing from the ages of 5 to 18. After a few years she went back to school to receive her Masters of Art at the University of Houston in the Arts Leadership program focusing on community engagement and education in under-served communities. With her Practicum study served at Fresh Arts, she discovered her interest in event and program planning.

After painting her first animal for a friend, she had her first commission to paint her first black and white portrait. Her journey began. Throughout the years, Natalya has been commissioned by mostly her fellow Houstonians and now across the U.S. for her designs and art. Throughout the years, she continued to practice her graphic design skills whether on projects or for fun because of the love that was still there, which has led her here. Since then she has been featured in Voyage Houston magazine in 2019 and work shown in multiple Missouri City libraries. She's been seen at multiple events such as, TrapArt Houston, Pancakes 'n' Booze, and RAW Artist 2018 showcase. She has created a brand called ImaNATural as a way to uplift and highlight her own natural talents and self worth, while also hoping to encourage and embrace others through creations and services in the same light.

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Interesting Facts

  • I love helping and witnessing transformations ie. plants growing, body changes from health and fitness changes, inner self hate to love, children improving in their studies and extracurricular..

  • I eat plant-based and I get teased about eating "grass" all the time.

  • Half-Jamaican

  • I started half my locs in July 2017 and redid the other half in August 2017. I know...but I had to. Anywho, I take care of my hair by myself.

  • You guessed it...Tomboy.

  • I love working out. I work out about 5 days a week.

  • I love learning about things on spirituality, astrology, art, design, herbs/supplements, weightlifting, skincare, and the body.

  • Shoes. Shoes. SHOES!

  • Sagittarius here. But there's more to me than just my sun sign.

  • I have a seriously amazing support system!

What is ImaNATural?

ImaNATural was created in 2017 and rebranded in 2020. ImaNATural = "I'm a natural" a mantra that I didn't even realize I was truly embracing. ImaNATural came about because of the self talk I had to do to push through college. Between pushing through a new art form, sports, and transitioning my hair into its natural state all during college, I moved by that mantra. And I as I embraced this new belief I realized that my nickname, Nat, was apart of the word "natural". Putting "I'm a natural" all together was about bringing a chill and confident vibe to the mix. I felt called to this as if it truly described me. As time evolved, so did the meaning.

BELIEVE FROM WITHIN. That's where it all begins. If we don't see our own potential and trust our Creator, then how do we move forward as an individual? That was a question for myself. As someone who genuinely wants better for the world, my people, and my close loved ones, I wanted to create art that encouraged just that. I wanted to be of service in helping goals be achieved and putting smiles on faces by creating a representation of the customer through creation. We are all capable of reaching unbelievable goals. We all have a gift. And we all should push to be authentically ourselves. So let's do it...

 

Mission

To upgrade lives through divine artistry and awareness.

Vision

To help create a positive atmosphere of love, happiness, and inspiration in the mind and other sacred spaces with the touch of my creations. 

Core Values

ACCOUNTABILITY

LOVE

INTUITIVE

INDIVIDUALITY

KNOWLEDGE

POWER

BALANCE

I live and create by these core values everyday. I have grown to understand the importance of them and hope to inspire others to do the same as well.

I Create...

I create to inspire and make people feel amazing. To encourage to go for what they love. I create to inform. I create to connect with other like-minded individuals and share our values. I create because I want to be able to teach through this journey that I’m on so others can be aware of what’s possible. I create to learn. Which is why I created the

ImaNATural Brand.