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/NATASHA MERCADO Most of us have had a pet at some point in our lives. There’s no denying the impact they can have on us. New York-based artist Natasha Mercado specialises in pet portraits, a surprisingly burgeoning market. In this interview, she talks about her journey to New York City and her current work featuring natural landscapes. You are known for your pet portraits, but you have been painting sea and natural landscapes lately, could you tell us a bit about that? Back in college, I used to spend a lot of time elaborating natural landscapes and now, I wanted to experiment taking advantage of New York City’s beautiful Central Park landscapes to focus on a new concept.

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What commission that you have recently worked on has been the most challenging? A piece I named Plum Layers. It was a commissioned work for a good friend back home (Maryland) who saw one of my pieces on How do you advertise your work her Instagram feed. It was new for me to use and think abstract. The and services, how do the lovely pet owners of New York find you? piece depicts the various connected strands, lines and texture within I mostly use social media such as the makeup of a leaf. Instagram and Facebook to advertise my work while 106

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