“Spotty” is painting of Natalya B. Parris’s beloved pet fish. She tried to paint it as accurately as possible to the subject in her unique artistic style – “Emotional Counterpoints in Paint – Dots” where perfectly round dots are overlaid onto sections of a previously painted picture. She piles the dots on one another to create a three-dimensional painting. This painting won First Place at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. Natalya is a strong believer in contributing to the community by promoting art awareness and education. This is why she likes to display her artworks at agricultural fairs, community centers. and public libraries. By visiting those places, children from a very young age have an opportunity to see diverse art media and learn that the world is very colorful with many unique ways to express yourself such as writing books or creating an artwork.
This summer she taught Multi-Arts Discovery Camp for children at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown MD. Natalya also teaches art classes for children and adults at the Arts Barn. Gaithersburg. MD and through the art. she explains to her students that there is a place for every individual to express their inner world; there are as many options as there are souls. Natalya hopes her artworks encourage each adult to look at the world around them as they did when they were children; to be very open-minded and curious about new things. Perhaps, within their souls, they can find a hidden door to the room where they locked all their childhood fantasies and dreams.