2019 Artist Of The Year
The first Special Show of every year is the NBAL Artist Of The Year show for the top award winners of the previous year. In 2019, there were 40 eligible artists and 26 participated in the Artist Of The Year show. The 2019 NBAL Artist Of The Year winner is Mary McIntosh. Margi Uniacke and Jolene Oyer both received Honorable Mention awards.
Congratulations Mary Olivia McIntosh!
After 36 years as a Set Decorator in the film industry in Los Angeles, this Texas native retired to her home town to once again practice her love of art and photography.
My medium for painting is usually pastel on sanded paper with a gouche underpainting for an impressionistic lay down of color and overall texture. Subjects I like to paint result from traveling to our national parks, such as Big Bend, The Grand Canyon, Big Sur, and Zion, but there is so much to paint right here in the Texas Hill Country. Our rivers and canyons, our seasons with cedars, junipers, oaks, and fields of flowers all offer great opportunities for art.
Photography is also a passion of mine, especially photographing African animals in their natural habitat, and using these reference photos to paint in pastel, or for graphic drawings in pencil and charcoal.
I teach pastel techniques, painting in pastel, and drawing in both private and workshop classes here in New Braunfels and other Hill Country towns. I am honored to have been asked to demo for several art leagues in this area, and I display my work at Art On 12 in Wimberly and our local Art League. In 2019, I was awarded 3rd Place in the state-wide competition of Texas Woman Artists. I am a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, and I have retained my voting membership in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1992.