Interview of Natalia Santis by Sophie Pellegrini
Tell us a bit about yourself Natalia!
I’m Natalia and I’m from Aberdeen, Scotland–the granite city! I’m 23 and part Scottish, part Chilean. I love anything arty and creative. I’m also a keen independent coffee drinker and yoga enthusiastic.
When did you get started in the arts?
I’ve been into arts since I was old enough to draw. I carried a sketch book around with me and drew scenery in the parks and old buildings around Aberdeen.
What mediums do you work in? Do you have a favorite? Why?
I like to work in charcoal and chalk to get a great contrast for pieces and I like to use my hands with inks to try out different styles. My favourite medium at the moment is watercolour pens–they are great for creating vibrant colours and easy to blend with some water. You can have some interesting results with them!
Did you have a formal education, or have you been more self-taught?
I’ve always had a formal education from doing art at school–it was my favourite subject. I also did a graphic design course in college but I always taught myself art related pieces that have more of a handmade take to them.
Where did you study?
I went to North East Scotland College and studied an introductory course first which includes photography, and then a Visual Communication course.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Using your imagination and its endless possibilities for creating art. It’s visually appealing to finish something and see the whole piece complete.
…And what’s one of the harder things?
Not letting other people’s judgement get to you. It can be tough sometimes to trust your heart and mind over others.
Do you have any advice for teen artists trying to put together a professional portfolio for school, work, or internship applications?
Put pieces of your best work at the start and the finish of your portfolio. Also don’t put all your work in to make it look more full–just the pieces you are most proud of when you look at them. I think a contents page can work well at the beginning so you can list all your work and a piece about yourself.
What’s one item on your bucket list?
To go on a yoga retreat somewhere exotic!
My parents and sister actually just went on a Kripalu yoga retreat. Yoga has certainly become more and more popular in the last few years for a number of reasons.
What do you enjoy about it? Why should our readers give it a try?
I enjoy how many positive benefits yoga can give your body. I have a book by B.K.S. Iyengar which is the reason I started practicing–it covers a large number of problems some people experience and different yoga poses to help reduce these. I think everyone of all ages should give yoga a go because the feeling you get after one session is amazing and can really help lift some weight of your shoulders.