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Hunter artist wins French Mondial Art Academia prize


Hunter-based artist Natalie Jane Parker walked away with gold at the Mondial Art Academia awards in France this month. 

The Vacy resident was awarded top honours in the animal art category for her painting Rainforest Glow – Kookaburras

The Mondial Art Academia is governed by law dating back to 1901. 

The annual awards cover a swath of categories including painting, photography, sculpture, digital art and mosaic.

Its mission is “to contribute to the development, recognition and lasting and profound success of its members through aesthetic, creative rigor, in the search for remarkable work”. 

Winning entries are selected by more than 30 members of the Art Academia World Jury, stemming from countries all over the world.

Natalie also recently won a Medal of Excellence from the Artists for Conservation, a Canadian-based international art movement supporting animal conservation. 

Gaining international recognition for her art is what Natalie describes as “a dream come true”, inspiring her to grow as an artist and challenge herself more in her art career. 

Natalie has been a wildlife artist focused on Australian flora and fauna since 1996.

Her home and creative studio is set on 50-acres of bushland that she says inspires her work.

She recently created a large canvas of a Barking Owl.  

It’s being described as a very moody painting with a single key focal point.  

This painting will feature at the Morpeth Gallery in the Festival of Two Palettes exhibition on 9 and 10 March. 

Natalie will be in the gallery, too, painting. 

She’ll also have on display a new range of homewares released by Ashdene this year, the original artworks are available through the gallery. 

As well as being an artist, Natalie is also an author and illustrator with 32 books under her belt.

Her offering featuring Australia’s Endangered Animals will be re-released with a new layout and a couple more additions. 

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