Paintings, Natalie Voelker - contemporary oil paintings, encaustic painting,
Fortitude, oil painting portraits of Melissa by Natalie Voelker


Fortitude: Portraits of the Perseverant is a collection of large-scale portrait paintings depicting the complexity of human experience through the lens of the intimate, personal, and specific. The subjects are possessors of fortitude – the courage to persevere when faced with pain or adversity. Painted on loose unstretched canvases, these life-size, full-body portraits imply ambiguous narratives; viewers are faced with reconsidering their first impressions. These works elevate the assumed mundane and invite viewers to look more deeply and compassionately at their fellow human beings. Without revealing the details of each subject’s story, these works allow the viewer to contemplate the meaning of fortitude and the circumstances under which it is ignored, acknowledged, or celebrated.


oil on canvas; 4 x 5 feet


oil and aerosol on canvas; 4.8 x 6 feet


oil on canvas; 4.6 x 6 feet


oil on canvas; 4 x 5 feet


oil on canvas; 4.8 x 6 feet


oil and aerosol on canvas; 5 x 6 feet

portrait study of Kim in oil, detail, contemporary portrait painting

Portrait Studies

Study of Kim

oil on panel; 12 x 12 inches; AVAILABLE

Study of Kristina

oil on panel; 12 x 12 inches; AVAILABLE

Portrait of Reyes

oil on panel; 12 x 12 inches; AVAILABLE

Self Portrait, 2018

oil on panel; 12 x 12 inches; SOLD

oil and encaustic painting, portrait of my mother

Other Paintings

City Ghost
Adam and Eve
The Bather
Iya Family Portrait
Royal Couple
The Fall
Mountain Bluebird
Portrait of my Mother
Fawns and Bunnies
The Cup
Ethan Sleeping
Portrait of Erica

oil on panel; 7 x 2.5 foot diptych; SOLD

Blue Corn Posole and Anasazi Beans
Two Girls


©2017 Natalie Voelker