Mixed media artist, Natalie Rostad-Desjarlais works with nature, specializing in painting and collaborating with natural stone found from the earth’s surface. Natalie has won many awards as an artist and poet throughout her career.
Natalie is considered a pioneer of this form of art, by both Elders and contemporaries,
As of June 21, 2015, it will be 25 years of developing and perfecting her work with stone. Including devising and harvesting pigments from the earth as her own specialized way of painting on stone.
The Forum for Manitoba Women recognized natalie’s contribution to the history of Manitoba in 1995, and was chosen by the Manitoba government in 1998 as an Aboriginal Peace Ambassador for Brazil.
Her work has been featured in publications including “Live The Legacy- Guide to the Aboriginal experience in Canada in 1997 and “Blueprint” magazine in 2002 for her work “Prayer For America”.The artwork featured in this article is currently on display at the #1 Police Station in New York City and has been donated to the people of United States following 911.
A three piece- six-tonne boulder group by Natalie sits at “The Forks” , the meeting place of the Red and Assiniboine rivers Winnipeg, and has been dubbed “The Healing Rock” by the public.
Natalie has shown her work locally, nationally and internationally and has been commissioned to create major works by private individuals ,corporations and organizations. Her work has been purchased for collections belonging to Elton John, former President Jimmy Carter and wife Roslyn, who also purchased work for friends, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner. Adam Beach, Shania Twain, David Suzuki and Tanya Tucker are among many others who also enjoy and own the work of Natalie Rostad-Desjarlais.
Natalie has created award winning designs of “La Parka” by Linda Lundstrom, who nominated her for an Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2000, and a piece called “The Calm Before The Storm” has been credited by philanthropist Susan Scott as the inspiration for donating a one million dollar piece of property in Winnipeg, to First Nation People of Canada. The City of Winnipeg matched the million dollars with a contribution for development.
Artist Natalie Rostad-Desjarlais believes in sharing her work with both young and old and has shared her gift with thousands of school children for the past 25 years.
Through her collaboration with stone, she is able to connect with others and teach empowerment, respect and unity.
Natalie lives and works near Merritt, British Columbia, Canada.