Natasha Barnes

Natasha Barnes


Painting has consumed my life since the age of 7 and defined who I would become.
Completely self taught my journey began by transforming ordinary visual images into works of art, instinctively finding their way to my pallet and the walls of many commercial and private collections around the world. As with all journeys the abstract nature of this path soon took hold and without guidance or persuasion I found myself moving in a completely different direction in a very short space of time. My love for expressionism and movement was hard to suppress.

I eventually let my hand roam free, creating the many large abstract works of colour, for
which I am known today. Greatly influenced by nature and the lesson provided by the Lotus flower, it is not hard to see that beautiful things do indeed come from dark places.
Astounding and inspirational that such a beautiful flower can bloom and be at ease in muddy waters. You will find this mark in all my work, look for the lotus in your painting.

During the early part of my career I painted mainly floral and landscape contemporary
paintings, still widely available in print through numerous publishers worldwide and today I am considered to be one of Africa’s most published artists. In addition to numerous
international art fairs, group and solo exhibitions, I have sold widely into corporate and private collections, produced artworks for Hollywood, TV, Greeting cards, Hospitality, Airlines and boardrooms. My career did not begin with art, but instead I hold an international Grande Diplome in Cordon Bleu cookery form the Prestigious Silwood Kitchen in Rondebosch, South Africa. I worked as a cookery editor for many years before swapping my spatula for a paint brush. My first book, “The Culinary Adventures of a travelling Cook” is the journey of my Art and food and the canvas that brought them together.

Today I keep a studio in Ballito, South Africa, my home. Here I spend a great deal of my day doing what I love most, painting. For fun I like marathon running and spending time in the African bush. You will always find me here in Africa, with my favourite possessions in the world, my three feral cats.


Natasha Barnes explores the relationship between water and the deep hidden treasures found beneath the surface. In particular, the lotus flower provides endless inspiration as a bloom that flowers only in adversity. Natasha believes that like the lotus, beautiful things come from dark places. Her work reflects a kind of transcended beauty that is abstract in nature yet resonates with those who find the connection to her mark making and soft application of paint. She further explores the complex nature of habitat and identity found around water in Asia and Africa. Drawing from her own experiences the crocodile and Jacana waterfowl provide the connection to her world, these creatures are found in many of Natasha’s works and provide a link between places, spaces, lives and continents. The lotus bloom is most often seen scribbled in childlike form and is signatory to her work.