Natasha Isenhour

Natasha Isenhour conveys her emotional response to landscape, architecture and still-life in her unique  voice in oil and pastel.  While from a distance a first impression is the realistic feeling of the work, but a closer look reveals a contemporary edge where her mark-making controls the impressions of mass and delicacy.   Participating in numerous plein air events throughout the year informs her studio work through the on-site study of value and color temperature as it can only be seen with the eye.  Observation and her degree in Geology afford her a deep understanding of the landforms and the bones of the earth that allow her to so effectively convey the depth and mass of her subjects.  You will find her work hauntingly unpopulated as she tries to convey the emotion of place while leaving you alone in your thoughts.  


In the works for 2022 is a solo exhibition at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, The Beautiful Lonesome, Oct 25th – Dec 4th, as well as invited to be on faculty for the Plein Air Convention and Expo.  This year Isenhour will exhibit for her second year in the prestigious Cowgirl Up! Invitational at Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ and  participate in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational in CA.  In 2019, Isenhour was awarded Best Pastel in Plein Air Salon, won Best in Show at the Central City Plein Air Festival, and earned the Holbein Award in the Pastel Society of Southern California’s Make Your Mark International Online Exhibition.  


2020 also brought Isenhour a six-page feature in the July/August Art of the West Magazine, Emotionally Enguaged, and an article co-featuring Isenhour, Why Pastel is Perfect for Plein Air in Septembers Plein Air Magazine. Her work has also been published in International Artists Magazine, Southwest Art and Fine Art Connoisseur. 


Affiliations include:

 Oil Painters of America 

Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, 

Distinguished Pastelist and past president of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, 

Signature Member and President of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico,

Associate Member with Distinction of American Women Artists,

Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters and 

California Art Club




“Light turns the land and everything in it into a shapeshifter, it changes it every second.  Each of those seconds is precious and has its own story to tell.  I want to share with you those stories as I heard them.”





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