Biography / Artist Statement
I am thrilled to be included in this prestigious show at my Alma Mater! I majored in fine art and interior design at Texas Tech University graduating in 1965. After a 30 year career in interior design and moving to Fredericksburg to retire, I have seriously pursued my passion for painting for the last 22 years. My focus is on landscape and animal art incorporating them in the Texas and Colorado landscapes. I live on a ranch with horses, donkeys, sheep, and dogs for subject matter. Photographing ranch life, and wildlife makes it possible to incorporate these into my pastel paintings and has been an exciting experience. When painting an animal I sometimes find myself absorbed into the spirit of this creature. It can be a very moving experience. Painting in plein air is a wonderful way to see the atmosphere at that time of day and bring the elements into the painting. The colors are never captured as well with a photo lens.
In addition to her degree from Texas Tech, she is licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Design, and is a member of ASID Workshop. Maryneil was influenced by John Fawcett, Bob Rohm, Kim English, Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Dawn Emerson, and Denise Mahlke.
Maryneil is a member of the International Pastel Society, Pastel Society of America Associate; the Austin Pastel Society and Die Kunstler Von Fredericksburg (The Artists of Fredericksburg).
She has participated in numerous juried art shows and won awards including the 2021 Austin Pastel Society. Winning the Pan Pastel Merchandise award, she was selected for an exhibition at the Ross Perot Museum in conjunction with EarthX, but the pandemic cancelled the show. She has also been a participant in the 2020 Pastel Society of the Southwest Online Juried Show; the 2018 The 33rd Annual Bosque Art Classic; and she participated in the Austin Pastel Society show from 2012-2017, winning 1st Place, 2nd place, and 2nd in show in Animal/Wildlife.