Natalie Oakley started out with a degree in Costume & Performance Design from The Arts University in Bournemouth.

After graduating in 2013 she was trained up by a decorative finishes company to become a specialist painter for luxury interiors. .

It was in this company that Natalie learned her greatest skill; working amongst a team. She soon became assistant studio and site manager when the company was expanding.

Although being a specialist painter definitely suited her skillset, Natalie felt something was missing. Influenced by her past experience in the costume industry and her love for theatre she began the search for work as a Scenic Artist.

Since the autumn of 2016 she became a freelance artist in pursuit of exploring all forms of large scale painting be it murals, street art, installations, shop displays and theatre sets.

2020 and onwards

Based in West Sussex Natalie is currently working on portrait comissions in her home studio. She freelances as a scenic painter for film, tv and photoshoots.

I really enjoy the vareity of freelance work, one week to the next I'll be using completely different techniques and skills and theres always something new to learn. During lockdown I've been working solo in my studio but I'm looking forward to working amongst a team again soon.

Hopes and Dreams for the future

Working on feature films as a freelance scenic artist, painting portraits or murals for film and continuing my journey as a fine artist with commissions and developing my own art style. 

Past work

Gilding props for film (04/11/20)

Scenic Artist Burberry Fashion Shoot (09/10/20)

Scenic Artist People of All Nations Fashion Shoot (28/09/20)

ITV2 Stand up comedy painted faux brick wall for Lost Boys Set Construction ltd (19/08/20)

Pink Planet Floor Mural for music video (11/08/20)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors for The Royal Automobile Club London

Edible Art: 912 doughnut mural for Google Christmas Party (11/12/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (25/11/19 - 27/11/19)

Scenic Painter for TV: Red Dwarf (13/11/19 - 21/11/19)

Scenic Artist for Arc de Triumph replica (30/10/19 - 02/11/19)

Scenic Painter for TV: Back of the Net (22/07/19 - 30/07/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (17 + 18/07/19)

Scenic Artist for Capital Scenery (4 + 5/07/19)

Scenic Painter for TV: Doctor Who (27/06/19- 02/07/19) & (05/08/19-27/09/19)

Edible Art: Dougnut mural for instaglam event (13/06/19)

Painted Wedding Cake (10/06/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (05/06/19)

Scenic Artist for Capital Scenery (07/05/19 - 16/05/19)

Artist: Painted canvas backdrop for menswear photoshoot (03/05/19)

Painted Wedding Cake (02/05/19)

Artist for Hugo Dalton Mural at Schroders Bank (04/19 - 06/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (24/04/19 - 26/04/19)

Scenic Artist for Capital Scenery (05/04/19 - 19/04/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (30/03/19)

Hare & Humphreys specialist painter (11/03/19 - 19/03/19)

Comissioned Art work (10/03/19 - 28/03/19)

Assistant specialist painter to John Harragan Interiors (06/03/19)

Wedding Cake Painting (28/02/19 - 01/03/19)

Scenic Painting for Houdini's Extinct Escape Rooms in Southampton

(08/01/2019 - 12/01/2019)

7ft faux marble plinths for George Lewin Studios

(11 & 12/12/2018)

Set dressing and derig for Samsung Ice cave at Celtic Manor for Area 51


Painted shop front for Peaky Blinders themed pop up pie shop The Flat Cap, London 


Giant edible doughnut mural for Jimmy's Pop Up at Worldz, LA


Scenic Painting The Midnight Gang at Capital Scenery 

(17/09/2018 - 03/10/2018)

Scenic Painting for film Deus

(18/08/18 - 10/09/18)

Scenic Painter at Boomtown Copper County


Scenic Painting for Capital Scenery

(25/06/18 - 13/07/18)

Scenic Painting for The Royal Opera House:

The Age of Anxiety

Lessons in Love and Violence

Swan Lake

(23/02/2018 - 23/03/2018)


Scenic Artist at Scenic Projects in Norfolk

(25/09/2017 - 15/12/2017)

Paper Installation designed by Lyndon Ogbourne for Versus Versace fashion show


Paper Installations for Paper Pom Poms window displays for Pringle and Goat

(11/09/2017 - 14/09/2017)

Prop painting for Paul Wallis Paint Effects


Scenic Painting for Ted Baker fashion shoot at George Lewin Studio


Scenic Painting for La Bohéme at The Royal Opera House


Signwriting Assistant for Signs of Style (07/2017)

Pitch Stratford Pop Up Cinema for ZAP architecture (06/2017)

Shop Display for sneakersnstuff (02/2017)

Edible Mural Facebook xmas party (12/2016)

Edible Mural Playstation PS4 Launch Party (11/2016)

Mountains mural at The Lodge Clapham (10/2016)

Decorative Artist / Site Manager at Mathew Bray Decorative Arts and Furniture

(16/03/2016 – 14/11/2016)

Decorative Artist / Studio Manager at Mathew Bray Decorative Arts and Furniture

(16/09/2015 – 16/03/2016)


Decorative Artist Assistant at Mathew Bray Decorative Arts and Furniture

(22/09/2014 - 16/09/2015)

Scenic Painting Assistant for Oliver Jeffers Exhibition 

(08/09/2014 - 12/09/2014)


Hattie & Flora Event Styling Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival (27/08/2014 - 28/08/2014)


Dulux Academy Craft Marbling (March 2019)

Dulux Academy Craft Graining (Feb 2019)

James Rowse Cloth course (June 2018)

The Arts University at Bournemouth 

BA Costume with Performance Design (2013)

Brighton City College

Art Foundation (2010)