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Artist Profile: Natalie Anderson – Inspirations by Natalie

Dec 06, 2016 02:30PM ● By Wendy Erlien

Natalie Anderson at the 2016 Maple Grove Days Art Fair. (photo provided by Natalie Anderson)

Since she was a child, Maple Grove native Natalie Anderson was destined for an artistic journey.

As she says on her website, “I truly believe I was born to create.”

In elementary school, “I would draw and draw,” she said. While a student at Osseo Senior High School, with the mentoring of an “amazing” teacher (Molly Bottiger), she said she fell in love with painting. “Every class I could, I took,” she said.

Support around her continued to guide and inspire Anderson. A family friend (and mentor), Terry Millikan, along with Anderson’s mother, played vital roles in helping to guide her artistic path.  

“She pushed me to chase my dreams,” Anderson said of Millikan. “Having someone believe in you is so huge.”

 After graduating in 2001, she went on to study graphic design. “I love community,” Anderson said. That connection led her to combine her art through graphic design role at fundraising at Fun2Raise.

Outside of the workplace, the Corcoran resident spreads her artistic talents into illustrations and photography – but, focuses on her primary passion of painting.  “I’m passionate and want to share it with the world,” Anderson said of her art.

In addition to displaying art throughout the years at the former Maple Grove Art Center location and Lizzard's Art Gallery in Duluth with her business, Inspirations by Natalie, Anderson has been involved in the Maple Grove Days Art Fair the last few years. In 2016, she won best of show.   

For new artists, she offers the following words of advice:  “As artists, I think one of the hardest things is being confident in yourself.” she said.  “Ask yourself ‘what is holding you back?’ and have confidence and believe in yourself.”

“Some call painting a hobby... for me this is my soul's work,” Anderson said on her website. 

Find out more about Natalie Anderson’s art at

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