‘It’s fascinating how the things you are drawn to early in life can become a deep practice in years to come. For me, every scrap of paper held opportunity. This language of drawing with its unique symbols was one I was determined to explore.”
Nathan Gatten is a 24 yr. old artist who can sometimes be found painting with both hands in his home studio and at STUDIOHERE, Fergus.
When a rare metabolic condition and Autism made it difficult to for him to attend traditional school, Nathan reached out to local artists. It was then that a paintbrush became a barrier breaker to a whole new sense of community.
"In 2010, Meredith Blackmore introduced me to oil painting and my love of drawing shed its skin inviting a world of colour and texture. Soon, soft canvas shifted to crisp wood panels.”
Nathan received the Guelph Arts Youth Opportunities Award in 2014. This allowed him to give back to the local arts community by offering mentorship from established local artists to aspiring, young artists.
For Nathan, art is travel and connection.
“My paintbrush moves my soul across the Earth and all living things. And even further to distant galaxies immersed in luminous nebulae where stars are born. Today’s Hubble photographs reveal in reality more than we could have imagined. To even begin to understand such things, I must keep an open mind that anything is possible. That alone is inspiration for me to strive to live my best life.
It has always been difficult for me to start conversations with people, but at shows, it just happens. People ask interesting questions and write great comments and emails. I am always amazed as they describe the images they see among the stardust in the Nebula art. They see the wonder, too. I am honoured by the stories they share of their animal friends. Their pets are just as important to them as my 9 lb. fur-ball Jake. I treasure every word.”
In Nathan’s animal series inspired by the Cherokee Legend, Two Wolves,
he explores ways to make each day count. His wolf prints hang in his own studio as messengers of hope, joy, wisdom, gratitude, passion, curiousity and more. “ I can choose which wolf to feed and that makes my day."
"It makes me happy to be able to share my art with others.“
Nathan Gatten’s art hangs in homes and public spaces across Canada and the U.S. and at STUDIOHERE in Fergus. He is currently creating art cards, poetry and new zines for people to enjoy!