How did you get started and then develop your career?
Mary McIntosh: After retirement in the film industry as a Set Decorator for some 42 years on the west coast, I was able to return to my first love of drawing and painting. And because I started late in my career… I paint almost every day and love every minute of it!
How do you describe success?
Success for me is first of all the pleasure and satisfaction I get when working at my easel. Finishing a piece that I feel good about, choosing how to show it and then hanging in one of 3 galleries to share my visions.
How do you find inspiration?
I continue to take classes and workshops from artists whose work I find inspiring. I remain active in the local art communities by teaching and doing demos. Inspiration for my painting is really everywhere… I love landscapes, especially traveling here and abroad or simple backyard observations. I also do animal portraits because I am such an animal lover, too… domestic and wild (Africa).
Who do you collect?
I collect several artists that I greatly admire…Kathryn Stats, T Allen Lawson, Peter Blackwell (African artist) and Ray Balkwill (UK artist).
To see more of Mary’s work, visit: www.marymcintoshart.fineartstudioonline.com