I am Natalie Mills, but for as long as I can remember people have called me ‘Millsy’. I grew up in Birmingham but moved to London in 1995 to study BA Hons in Fine Art at The Byam Shaw School of Art, graduating in 1998.
In the 15 years after graduating I never so much as picked up a paintbrush. Life got in the way! But 2-3 years ago I started painting once again.
My work documents a very personal journey, a therapeutic reconnection with art. After not painting for so long the initial phase was quite daunting.
As I progressed creatively I became freer, worrying less, learning to look at things differently, and actually started to enjoy painting again. A mirror to that point in my life in general.
‘What’s the Worst That Can Happen?’ Mistakes are inevitable; and we learn from them. If it doesn’t work first time, you can start again or try something else and go back to it later. This has given me a lot of creative and personal freedom. Everything happens for a reason.
"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens" - Unknown
My works are about being spontaneous and freeing the mind in the process. About paint movement and the unknown. About allowing the paint to flow and take a life of its own. Almost 'Accidental'. About investigation and behaviours.
Not one piece defines anything in particular; it's not about the finished piece but the process of doing it, using the whole body and the inspiration to ‘let go’.