FAIRFIELD — Natalie Ng went from the corporate board room to the college classroom.
While working in the family business, Taylor & Ng, she saw how much fun the artists were having designing the company’s wares.
Once the business changed hands, she began to concentrate on art, taking classes and earning her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of California, Davis. Ng was 50 when she graduated.
She continued on to California State University, Sacramento State where she studied and took private instruction from the art instructors for seven years.
“I was trying it out to see if I liked the graduate program,” she said.
Wanderlust entered her life and travels took her around the world. She became smitten with the Maasai people and wild animals of East Africa. They are favorite subjects to put on canvas as evidenced by the large canvases in her home studio.
“It’s wide open and you can see the animals,” Ng said of the Serengeti. Every few years she travels to that locale, observes and photographs the wildlife and people.
She adds another dimension by putting them on canvas. Looking at the pictures as she paints, she relives the moment she took the photo.
Ten years ago, her dream studio was built at her Fairfield home, complete with a pulley outside one window to raise and lower large canvases into the space.
She tries to paint daily. A variety of work fills the second story studio. Prior, she used the garage of her home. The studio provides much better lighting, Ng said.
Ng is setting aside the Maasai series and switching to still life, and from oil to watercolor paints. It’s a bit of a challenge as watercolor dries quickly, leaving the artist a small window to make changes.
She hopes to capture the essence of clear glass in the still life series.
“I’ll see where it takes me,” she said.
It’s been several years since Ng has shown her work in the area. She is the guest artist at the Lawler House’s current exhibit, “Touching Wild, Touching Art.”
Her contribution is a painting of a warthog. It is one of the items that will be part of the silent auction at Saturday’s Lawler House Gallery fundraiser for the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center.
“I don’t show,” she said. “I don’t like the pressure of the particulars. It’s only my friends that see it.”
Those friends also get to see Ng’s artistic abilities that expand beyond canvas and sculpture. Her Fairfield abode contains one room with a replica fresco mural from the Sistine Chapel, complete with a concave ceiling and her rendition of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.”
Unlike Michelangelo, Ng laid on her back to do the painting.
The floor, which is done in mosaic, tells the story of Ulysses and the sirens.
Off the Sistine Chapel room is another of Ng’s undertakings that showcases three different replica paintings first done by Georges Seurat, including “A Sunday on Grande Jatte.” The room also features a mosaic tile floor featuring designs and colors taken from each of the paintings.
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