ABOUT

 

Nathalie is a French-born fine art photographer, raised in Paris, the City of Art. The walls of her house were covered with gallery posters. Picasso, Calder, Giacometti, Miro, and Adami were her roommates. She was an introverted and lonely child, who found a best friend in making art. She moved to California in 1999, where she worked as a graphic designer, until she returned to art school. She graduated in 2005 with a Traditional Illustration major and pursued a career in children's book illustration.

In 2013, Nathalie’s health took a turn for the worse. The only form of art the pain would let her pursue was photography, from her bed or her wheelchair. Disabling migraines eventually prevented her from taking photographs as well. After being diagnosed with a Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak, she underwent spinal cord surgery in late 2015. During the slow and painful recovery, Nathalie reviewed all of the photographs she ever took. 25 years worth of images, and it was suddenly obvious! She was meant to pursue photography professionally.

 

Nathalie lives in Menlo Park with her tech husband, their 11 year-old hyperactive twin girls, and their two cats. The twins are on their way to become artists themselves: one a cartoonist, the other... a photographer!

For Nathalie's 15th birthday, her father surprised her with a playful lime green Konica Pop. Since then, she has been hunting moments with a Minolta X-500, an Olympus Stylus 1s, a Diana F+, a Polaroid  Sun660, iPhones, a Honeywell Rolleiflex and currently, a Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

​EDUCATION

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA - 2002 to 2005

fine arts, art history, illustration, graphic design, web design

École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France - 1997 to 1999

fine arts, art history, lithography, stage design, sculpture

Ateliers Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris, France - 1996 to 1997

fine arts

Atelier des Techniques de l'Environnement Publicitaire, Paris, France - 1993 to 1996

fine arts, art history, photography, stage design, graphic design

Académie Charpentier, Paris, France - 1992 to 1993

fine arts, art history, illustration, product design

AWARDS

San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts Galleria, San Mateo, CA - Jun. 2019

1st & 2nd Place in Special Effects

1st Place in B&W Domestic Animal

2nd Place in Color Floral

Honorable Mentions

"Women's View 2019" - San Mateo County Art Commission, Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA - Mar. 2019

Best in Show

San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts Galleria, San Mateo, CA - Jun. 2018

Best of Show in Special Effects

1st Place in Special Effects

1st Place in "Carry the Light" Exhibition

1st & 3rd Place in Special Effect/Computer Generated

Honorable Mentions

"Women's View 2018" - San Mateo County Art Commission, Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA - Mar. 2018

Best in Show

San Mateo County Fair, Fine Arts Galleria, San Mateo, CA - Jun. 2017 

1st & 2nd Place in Special Effects/Computer Generated

Honorable Mentions in Special Effects/Computer Generated

"Women's View 2016" - San Mateo County Art Commission, Caldwell Gallery, Redwood City, CA - Mar. 2016

Honorable Mention


PRESS

- inMenlo.com article, by Linda Hubbard Gulker. Published in Mar. 2018

- 10 Artists 10th Anniversary, Kids & Art Foundation. Featured in Jun. 2018

- 10th Anniversary Kids & Art Foundation Gala. Featured in Dec. 2018

 

MEMBERSHIPS

Bay Area Photographers Collective - since Jun. 2020

The Main Gallery, Redwood City, CA - 2017 to 2018

The Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA - since 2018

TEACHING

Kids & Art Foundation - since 2016

Art in Action - 2014 to 2016

MENTORSHIP

Kids & Art Foundation - 2019

Spark - 2009

© Nathalie Strand, 2017-2020