Artist Natalie Erwin with her daughters
Natalie Erwin, an acclaimed artist and Fort Worth native turned New Orleanian, returns to her Edwards Ranch family roots to host the upcoming Clearfork Round-Up at the Shops at Clearfork. Her family ties allowed her to watch the Clearfork area transform from ranch land to what it is today, and served as an early inspiration for her artwork. Now, the TCU alum is back, bringing Cowtown a pop-up of eleven handpicked luxury brands that showcase her favorites in art, fashion, and home interiors.
We connected with Natalie to learn more about her art inspiration, love for Clearfork and the reason she selected these brands to share with her hometown, Fort Worth.
Tell us about growing up in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth is the biggest small town you will ever know, yet at the same time we have so much culture and a rich Western legacy. My childhood was filled with trips to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visiting the Kimbell Museum and family dinners at Joe T’s.
Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?
Yes, one of my earliest memories is sitting behind a desk in school hiding the fact that I was making tiny clay sculptures. People told me that I could never make money as an artist, but I knew there was no other career path for me.
The site of Natalie’s engagement party which is now home to The Shops at Clearfork
Tell us something about Clearfork that you don’t think many people know.
I had my engagement party in the very spot that is now The Shops at Clearfork!! We had a beautiful outdoor party because at that time it was all open ranch land. It has been amazing to watch the transformation of Clearfork.
How has your family and being a mother shaped your artistic career?
After I had my daughters, I realized how fast childhood goes and I wanted to capture it. Also, being an artist can be lonely! I get to have these relationships with moms that I really treasure.
How has your art been influenced by growing up visiting Edwards Ranch?
One of my very first series, titled “Ranch Series,” was inspired by wanting to paint the family ranch for my grandmother. Growing up around a vast landscape surrounded by cattle and nature definitely influenced my early art. I thought it was normal to have all that space inside a city, now I realize it was such a unique situation.
Herefords in the Chute II
inspired by the cows of Edwards Ranch proudly hangs in the 5600 Clearfork Main Office Building
Why are you excited for people to get out and shop the Clearfork Round-Up event?
It’s a unique experience to shop the brands and meet the people behind them in person. Half of these vendors do not even have storefronts. It’s not your typical pop-up by any stretch of the imagination.
Why do you love visiting Clearfork?
It is truly a shopping destination for Fort Worth and beyond. I also love that Simon and Cassco worked together with Marge Gossett at Artspace 111 to curate an amazing collection of art installations from local artists throughout the space.
How would you describe your home / fashion style?
Come to the event to see! Madre and Traci White did the interior design of my house, most of my living spaces incorporate Lisa Fine linens, I have both Cathy Kincaid and Lisa Fine’s book on my entry table, Lisa Henderson’s fabrics are in my girls’ bedroom, Leontine Linens are in every bath and bedroom in my home and David Dike is the first gallery I ever showed with. As far as fashion goes, I have Miron Crosby boots in my closet, Sarah Bray Bermuda is the only hat I ever wear and I live in Sue Sartor caftans. It is all literally my style.
We hear you have a new business venture in the works. What can you tell us about what’s next for you?
Fleur Home is a luxury home line I created. We are launching with a collection of custom mirrors inspired by the mood and architecture of New Orleans. I have been designing the mirrors for two years and I’m so excited to share them with everyone soon.
Natalie’s art can be found in galleries and collections throughout the world. For more information on her art please visit www.natalieerwinart.com. Can’t wait to shop the Clearfork Round-Up? Find all the details on our Facebook page.
If you are looking to learn more about all of the amazing vendors who are participating in our first ever Clearfork Round-Up media sponsored by PaperCity check out our Get to Know the Vendors blog post for additional information about the brands.