The style found in Natasha Jabre’s paintings and drawings are revitalized in her ceramic koi fish pieces. The colors in this new artistic medium are bold, dramatic and attract visual attention from the viewer. The combination of vibrant colors and the shape of the koi fish were inspired in 2007 when Jabre visited the Botanical Garden in Montreal. Jabre was most attracted to the Japanese symbolism of koi fish which are family oriented and represent love. The ceramic fish are made in a larger and smaller size to allow the collector to construct a family.
Jabre enjoys working in several mediums; painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics. Born in Connecticut, Jabre benefited from a cross cultural melding of America and Lebanon, the country of her parent’s origin. At the age of five her family moved to Virginia. There, Jabre participated and won awards in the New River Valley’s art competitions starting in elementary school in 1993.
At a young age of 8 years old, Jabre exhibited at her first show at the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley “Youth Art Month Exhibition.” That same year she won second place in the school in Visual Arts for the 1992-93 Reflections Competition, themed: “Imagine that…” For eight years she continued entering the PTA Reflections Competitions winning first place in the Intermediate division, and Junior Division. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2001 awarded her two gold keys for Excellence in Visual Arts. In 2002 she received a certificate for attending the Summer Residential Governor School. After High School, Jabre went to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) at Concordia University in Montreal, and majored in Painting and Drawing. She became part of the Painting and Drawing Association at the university and exhibited in Montreal.
In moving back to Virginia, Jabre got acquainted with the art world in Richmond. Jabre became part of the Metropolitan Richmond Art Association (MRAA), and exhibited with them in various places in Richmond. She now works and lives in New York.
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