About & Events


As a traditionally trained Illustrator/Fine artist, Artisan, Craftsman, Graphic Designer and Communications Designer I tend to lean more towards letting my work speak for me.

However you and I both know that is not the case nowadays is it?

In today’s ever more digitally converted society, each Artist (and non-Artist) has to make their own daily decisions as to how they as a person will mesh with the new techniques, tools and schools of thought for the arts and other disciplines of the future.  Stressing on the near necessary/required social media presence that each “professional” needs, to get themselves seen and heard.

In particular as Artists’ I feel that we try to feed off of the need to stay afloat of our industries perpetual currents and surges.  Ideally fighting the good fight.  Now, not only using our images (as we were trained) to convey personal and societal ideas, but our voices are now equally as important.  Maybe they always were?

I prefer to sit in the corner and observe, but when in Rome….”Dive in head first”, I like to say.

This is a place where an ongoing adventure of the arts, communication, philosophy, theory, science and people come together. Seeking out new images and ideas without re-inventing the wheel

This is the second version of this domain/website name. Version 1 was from 2000-2013.

I thought it was time to try something new!

Here at Natural Line Studio what is  created are original Fine art, spot illustrations, logos, graphic designs, etc.  An even balance of fresh and classical perspectives;  completed in a timely and reasonably priced fashion.  An original alternative to the “clip art” world that exists out there today.

This website is going to be more of a portal  to the different facets of my art and the arts.  Through this website you will be able to see and go to all of the different varieties of art that I make.   As well as some of the inspirations that drive me to a completed piece of design, illustration, typography, etc.

This website /blog will grow and change as my knowledge and life experiences accumulate.


August 11-13, 2017

Boston Comic Con starts tomorrow Friday August 11th (12-9pm), Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-5. This year’s event has a slew of great “famous” comic book industry personalities, voice actors and actors scheduled to be in attendance.  I will be in Artist Alley at the Natural Line Studio table, # AA 819.  If you are attending stop by and say hello and find out what we have been working on i.e. http://naturallinestudio.com/collected-comic-boo…/hashishin/ wink wink nudge nudge.

July 5th, 2016

Here are some photos of the set up I had in the hotel main lobby.

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Liberty hotel Mark W. Slater_ART_7_5

May 2016,

Dubbel Trubel won 1st place for the Trappist style category in the Rhode Island Ocean State home brew competition in April!  Woooohooooo

Dubbel Trubel screen shot

dubbel trubelMarch 2nd, 2016

I have finished a painting, creating a brochure for the upcoming JLC live construction show in Providence for my woodworking and getting Hashishin Project rolling.  More updates to come.

December 9th, 2015
I finally got my copies.


Sons of Liberty newspaper cover


November 3rd,

Big things brewing big things.  Oh and finishing some paintings that need to be completed.  Stay tuned!

On October 7th

Boston Design Center Poster

Masterpiece framing w/ Boston Design Center event October 2015

August 2015,

latest outing

latest outing

August 25th I had the pleasure of exhibiting some of my newest Fine Arts works at the Liberty Hotel in Downtown Boston, MA.
I met some new people and got some great positive feedback on the new stuff.  It was a good evening all around.

table set up Boston con 2015

George P. Thibault holding down the fort at Boston Comic Con 2015.

July 31st-Aug 2nd I and two cohorts were keeping it real for Natural Line Studio in Artist Alley for the 6th consecutive year in a row!  Thanks Brian and George!  This year I assisted Lisa Shaftel fellow Graphic Artists Guild member on a presentation for the Con, it was titled Copyright & Comics.  Here is a pic of the table set up for that weekend.

Bos Con 2015

Copyright and Comics; Graphic Artists Guild presentation Boston Comic Con 2015

June 25th-July 25th I will be participating in an exhibition held by the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, at the historic Strand Theatre via a Canvas Fine Arts group show.

May 18th; I will be a guest on Glenn Williams’ “It’s All About Arts” show on BNN TV, UPDATE 6-30-15, the link for this episode is pending!

deep beer 1May 22nd;  painting/illustration demo at the Boston Beer Garden, located at 732 East Broadway, in Southie.  Come on over and see me participate in the “Art to Dream” tour 2015, sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka and is held in support for the “Room to Dream” foundation of Newton Highlands, MA.  Deep eddy 1Then on May 27th at the Boston Center for Adult Education the finished piece will be a part of a group silent auction.  Would you like to attend?  Just show up at 122 Arlington St., Boston MA., 6-8pm, tell any doorman that you are there for the “Art to Dream” tour.  Dressy casual attire requested.

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January 27th evite  NEW MAKE UP DATE IS FEBRUARY 17th!

November 1, 2014;  I will be exhibiting at my first Canvas Fine Arts exhibition on November 7th 433 Harrison Ave. loft 186 6pm-9pm.  A few of my finished watercolors from the Yellowstone trip in September 2014 will be there.  If you can’t make it?  Check them out as part of my new updates in the Fine Arts; Landscapes gallery here on the website.