Pastel painting of a small boat in grassy sand dunes

High and Dry on the Dunes
11 x 14 in.
Soft pastel
Available through the artist

Mary Olivia McIntosh: High and Dry on the Dunes was a late afternoon pastel study of an abandoned small boat not far from an isolated inlet in the northwest part of Oregon this past spring. Despite the current condition of the boat, I had the feeling it had been well cared for and belonged to someone who was comfortable with being on the water. I cannot imagine how it got to the dunes, but it needed to be saved in a painting at that moment.

After 36 years as a Set Decorator in the film industry in Los Angeles, I retired to my hometown in Texas to once again practice my love of art and photography. My medium for painting is usually soft pastel on sanded paper with a gouache underpainting for an impressionistic lay down of color and overall texture.

Being from the Hill Country in Texas, I am an avid painter of the many landscapes that are offered up in this south-central part of the state. The cedar, junipers and scrub undergrowth go on as far as the eye can see. The hills and ravines, the roads and river beds are bleached limestone. The land is rough and mostly natural and I find it very inviting to paint.

I teach pastel painting and drawing in both private and workshop classes, and I am honored to have been asked on a number of occasions to demo for pastel groups and societies. I am also honored to be a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America.

I am represented by three galleries here in Texas:

The Carriage House Gallery of Fine Art in Boerne, TX
Art On 12 in Wimberley, TX
Marta Stafford Fine Art in Marble Falls, TX

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