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Natalie Ogilvie (Watkins)
Natalie was born in Honduras (1988) and given the name Maria at birth. She was adopted at the age of six months old to a family in Canton, Georgia. Her parents, Brenda, and John Ogilvie raised her along with her two brothers Jack and Gabriel. Natalie has always been an accomplished artist. In second grade, Natalie’s artwork was awarded and placed in a book at the 1996 Olympics for all of the athletes to view. Natalie continued to win awards throughout elementary, middle and high school for her artwork as well as her poetry. Her poetry and articles were published in literary journals and papers in middle and high school. Natalie continued on to Savannah College of Art & Design where she took classes that have credited her work today. She took painting with Josh Z. Yu, who is a world renowned painter.
Natalie’s father is a well known home builder in Georgia. He has always has a well developed wood working shop admired by wood workers around the country. Natalie grew up playing in her father’s wood working shop. She has always had a great appreciation for her father’s impeccable craftsmanship in wood working. Her father has carved and painted over 30 beautiful ducks. He has turned over 100 gorgeous bowls, and countless other period furniture including high and low boys, claw foot tables and more. John is currently retired, but still teaches classes and is known more as the new “Garvan Carver” for his intricate carvings. Natalie continues to learn from her father and has developed her own technique in wood burning.
In the last decade Natalie has commissioned her paintings, drawings and wood burned pieces as well as volunteered countless hours of time to work on custom pieces for people who have lost their beloved pets. Natalie has done graphic design work for a number of companies in Georgia and Maryland as well. Other than fine art, Natalie loves animals. Since she was in elementary school Natalie has volunteered time helping pets in need and working for volunteer groups. Natalie and her husband, Derek, have fostered rabbits, kittens and cats, and donate yearly to groups like Senior Dog Sanctuary, Humane Society, Sierra Club, Earthjustice and more.
Natalie Ogilvie is a member of Maryland Federation of Art, Ward Museum of Wild Fowl Art, Maryland State Arts Council, The Creative Alliance and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Awards and Recongition
Natalie has been wining awards since 1996! She has been published for poetry, and has won awards for short stories in from elementary to college age.
Natalie's artwork was placed at the 1996 Olympic games. She won multiple art shows in school, and has been recognized by The Maryland Federation of Art, Creative Alliance, and The Ward Meseum of Wild Foul Art.
What's in the Signature
Natalie signs her work with just NAT. Natalie says "A name is just a word. To put a feeling into a signature gives a name life." She goes by many names and nick-names depending on how you know her. How do you know the artist?