Natasha is an artist specialising in the traditional Moroccan art of painting on wood known as Zouaq. She creates Islamic geometric and floral designs which she paints using hand ground natural pigments with egg tempera and 24 carat gold leaf. All her geometric designs are entirely drawn by hand with a compass and ruler. She creates paintings as well as ceilings, doors, borders, and furniture.
Born in London, she developed an interest in North Africa and Islamic art after travelling to the region as a child. In 2007 she moved to the old city of Fes, Morocco where she undertook a ten month apprenticeship in Zouaq painting with a local master craftsman. Since returning to England she has continued to research and paint Zouaq art and she frequently travels to Morocco.
Natasha holds a degree in Arabic and French from the University of Cambridge, an MA from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholar, Radcliffe Trust grantee and in 2014 she was awarded the Barakat Prize for outstanding contribution to Islamic Art by HRH Prince Charles. She has exhibited across the UK and internationally. Her works have been sold in Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and form part of the collection of the Museum of Islamic art, Malaysia.
She is now based at her studio in Cockpit Arts, central London where she undertakes commissions for Zouaq paintings as well as interiors and furniture. She also runs courses and gives lectures on Moroccan Zouaq painting and Islamic geometry.