On June 4, Haleakala National Park welcomed its first Artist in Residence. Several events are planned to showcase Natalie Westbrook prints, paintings and collages (see sidebar below).
In 2009, Westbrook received a grant to create new works inspired by Maui and Kauai's National Tropical Botanical Gardens during her graduate art studies. Thus began a profound relationship to the natural world that continues today in her bright, bold paintings and collages.
Westbrook was selected by a jury panel comprised of National Park Service and Maui Arts & Cultural Center representatives. The applicants included musicians, sculptors, and painters.
"We are excited to see what Natalie creates during her two weeks in the park," said Melissa Chimera, volunteer coordinator. "She offers us a fresh artistic perspective on a beloved place, as well as an opportunity to share her diverse talents with our student interns and visitors."
The artist will create a new series based on the island's unique and rare flora, such as the 'ahinahina, the Haleakala silversword found only on east Maui.
She will donate an original artwork to Haleakala National Park at the end of her stay.
Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Westbrook teaches art at Yale University. She has exhibited her abstract and figurative work in Los Angeles and New York City.