Natalie Mills

Location: Hertfordshire / London

In the 15 years after graduating from The Byam Shaw School of Art in London I never so much as picked up a paintbrush. Life got in the way! But 3 or 4 years ago I became unwell and whilst I was getting better I started painting once again.

My work documents a very personal journey; a therapeutic reconnection with art. Previously, a blank canvas scared the hell out of me: always fearful of the outcome, scared it wouldn’t represent what I want to convey and the possibility of it all going wrong.

As I progressed emotionally - as well as creatively - I became freer, worrying less, learning to look at things differently, and actually started to enjoy painting again. A mirror to my life in general. ‘What’s the Worst That Can Happen?’ Mistakes are inevitable; and we learn from them. If it doesn’t work first time, you can start again or try something else and go back to it later. This has given me a lot of creative and personal freedom. Everything happens for a reason.

Now I can’t wait to start new pieces; blank canvasses excite me and quite often I have many works in progress at the same time. At the moment I am using lots of bright colours, experimentation and spontaneity. I’m enjoying using materials I’ve never considered, or been afraid to use before.

My pieces are colourful, sparkly and fun to create, and the messier the better! My pieces rarely have 1 specific story behind them, they are all part of the story as a whole; MY STORY.


Feb 2016 – Nude Tin Gallery, St. Albans, Herts – ‘Hidden’ Expo
Jan 2016 – Nude Tin Gallery, St. Albans, Herts – ‘Urban’ Expo
Dec 2015 – OXO Tower/Bargehouse, South Bank, London. ‘Art Maze’ Expo
Sept 2015 – Mardelybury Gallery, Herts - Herts Open Studios
March 2015 – Mardleybury Gallery, Herts – Group Exhibition

Member of Herts Visual Arts
British Association of Art Therapists, London – 04/2014 – Foundation Course in Art Therapy
Byam Shaw School of Art, London - 09/95 to 06/98 - BA (Hons) Fine art (incorporating Art History & Contemporary Philosophy of Art) modules
Solihull College - 09/94 to 06/95 - Foundation Diploma Specialised Studies in Art & Design

Solihull College - 09/92 to 06/94 - BTEC National Diploma General Art & Design and History of Art