Natalie Westbrook collages the world around her into vibrant expressions of acrylic, colored pencil, and cut paper shapes. Her inspiration stems directly from life observation, living in the wetlands of Connecticut and traveling across Hawaii. Abstract, yet of the body and nature, her paintings and paper works present a bold take on the interconnectedness within environment, humanity, and the painting process. Westbrook was born in Louisville, KY in 1980 and currently lives and works in New Haven, CT as a painting and drawing professor at Yale University. In 2010, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts form The Cooper Union School of Art, and a Master of Arts in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville (2002, 2004). She is co-founding editor of Lookie-Lookie, a quarterly art journal.