For me it’s amazing what comes when you put what you love out in the world. In this case it’s my love of images and one insane Rhodesian. In Natalya’s case it’s her love of art, watercolors, acrylics, ink, collages and yes, one Rhodesian Ridgeback, Oscar.
It all began with a comment Natalya left on one of my blog posts and for those who don’t know, when you leave a comment you have the option of also making your name a hyperlink to your website/blog/what-have-you. Well as you may have guessed Natalya created a hyperlink where I found Oscar ate my muffin.
This is where I discovered as Natalya put it, in her collaborating blog post, her muse. Oscar.
It’s funny how the breed Rhodesian Ridgebacks have that special something about them. They seem to be elusive enough where you don’t see them everyday, but when you do come across them you know immediately. After spending a few hours on her blog and website there was no doubt in my mind that I had to meet Oscar + Natalya. A few emails later I was meeting up with the two in Cambridge for a quick shoot and to hash out some ideas for this very blog post.. It’s not everyday you stumble upon someone who not only has a ridgeback but has also incorporates them into their own artistic endeavors.
What I do, is let pictures do the talking. Since I can’t explain the extent of Natalya’s awesomeness I’ll let one of her illustrations do the talking for me. She had full reign over my images and to use whatever tickled her fancy. Here is the final product.
I was over the moon; ear to ear smiles for this guy!
This is Natalya and Oscar.
This is where Natalya and Oscar work.
Natalya embodies so many different types of mediums and is unbelievably phenomenal at all of them that any attempt at describing it would fall short. Her work has been featured in National Geographic as well as the Harvard Museum of Natural History. This is where I encourage you, Nay! Tell you to a) Check out her wonderful portfolio, b) check out her awesome blog c) head on over to Oscar’s blog to read her accompanying blog post. There you will find MORE images of Sir Oscar from my little visit.
These are Oscar’s wrinkles. The stamp of a true Rhodie.