Undergraduate Research and Creativity Alumni Profiles 

Natalie Woyshner, B.A. ’09

Entrepreneur Photographer
Major(s): Fine Art, Painting

What research or work have you done since graduating from Buffalo State?

I pursued visual marketing as a way to apply my skillsets in visual arts. I have my own business doing content marketing and brand identity for Los Angeles-based organizations and TV personalities.

Can you translate your work for the general public?

My research centered on painting foods from different cultures.

Why did you decide to get involved in undergraduate research?

I was interested in the program as my undergraduate degree focuses heavily on stills. I was able to find beauty and interest in the everyday objects. Painting meals from different cultures enabled me to explore my interest in those cultures as well—I found it enriching and have since traveled to different countries to experience those foods first hand.

How did your undergraduate research experience influence your career path?

Part of my research for Buffalo State had me painting foods from around the world. I now own my own agency and work with restauranteur clients in Los Angeles to build their visual presence in the digital space, including by designing web and print campaigns and photographing clients and products. One of my more recognized clients is Katsuji Tanabe, Top Chef contestant who works as a chef in restaurants across United States. Some of my food photography has been published in the LA Times, Eater LA, Los Angeles Magazine, and more. 

Describe the research you did and if you presented it at any professional conference, juried art exhibit, or other off-campus location.

My research centered on painting foods from different cultures. I showed my work at the Butler Library the following spring.

Undergraduate Research Mentor: Lin Xia Jiang