Nathalie Bertin is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada with documented roots in Michilimackinac & Nipissing, and of Métis, French, Anishinaabe and Weskarini Omàmiwininiwak (a.k.a. Algonquin) ancestry.
Bertin’s art style is often described as luminescent, energetic, bold and colourful. A self-confessed “colour junkie,” she is inspired by the way light filters through stained glass windows, the layering of colours in printing processes, Woodland artists and the northern European masters.
Bertin’s current body of work focuses on positive images of indigenous people as a means of confronting their romanticized depictions as seen throughout art history. She focuses especially on the women role models who have had an impact on her. Her aim is to present a different view of indigenous people—one that is positive, powerful, knowledgeable, gentle and kind.
Several of Bertin’s projects are also inspired by traditional storytelling. In 2018, Bertin was awarded an Ontario Arts Council project grant for the creation of a series of beaded “Moccushions” that interpret traditional stories for future generations. Her book "Loup Garou Moccasins & Métis Folklore | Loup Garou Mocassins et folklore métis" is a result of that project. Previously, some of Bertin’s story illustrations about the northern lights were reproduced by the Royal Canadian Mint on collector coins in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her art can also be found in collections of the Government of Manitoba, Government of Alberta, corporate organizations and private collectors across Canada, the U.S., and Europe