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Artist Mary Olivia McIntosh


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Biography


After a long career in the film industry in Los Angeles as a Set Decorator I have finally returned to my first love which is just simply...drawing! Using the medium of pastel gives me the freedom to draw but with a finished product that is a painting. I really enjoy painting outdoors...though I rarely finish a piece on site. I work from original photos taken in the field, along with field studies and sketches of landscapes, colors and value notes, and a variety of composition ideas that I finish in my studio. The Hill Country in central Texas offers so many opportunities to paint with so many different types of terrain. We have wooded vistas, rivers, cliffs and canyons to choose from and don't forget the ranches with longhorns and other breeds of cows. This is the part of Texas where Julian Onderdonk is known for painting in the earlier part of the 20th century. His hill country vistas with oaks and bluebonnets is why he is referred to as the first Texas Impressionist.
 
For the past few years I have studied with Kevin Macphearson, Jill Carver, Ray Hassard, Stan Sperlak, Clive Tyler, Kathryn Stats and a number of others in an effort to continue improving not only my technique with oil and pastel but all the basic drawing skills. I teach drawing and pastel here in my own studio to a range of artists from 12 to 65...and I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments!
My work can be seen in various shows and competitions throughout the year here in Texas and nationally. The galleries that represent my work are The New Braunfels Art League, Art on 12 in Wimberley, Texas and Marta Stafford Fine Art Gallery in Marble Falls, Texas
 
I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to travel in a great many different countries during [...]

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