Natalie Russo Zoghby has always considered herself an artist. Born and raised in Birmingham, Natalie attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where she obtained a degree in Art and Fashion Design. Described as a large scale abstract artist, she is inspired by the beauty of the world around her. Water is the most important element in her paintings, which she uses to create the flowing colors embraced in her works. Natalie commits much of her time to working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. At The Arc of Central Alabama Natalie leads daily art classes for the people they serve. She also volunteers weekly with the Arts in Medicine Program at UAB Hospital. In this position, she works with mothers of babies in the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit teaching them how to embroider blankets for their children. Natalie is also a Graduate Student at the University of Florida’s Arts in Medicine Program. She believes in the healing powers of art and that everyone has to ability to create beautiful things.