Participating Artists

Maryniel Dance

Landscape, Oil, Wildlife


Biography / Artist Statement

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 into the Texas and Colorado landscape. 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 images 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 it to the painting. The colors are never captured as well with a photo lens. However, painting animals is my passion.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech in Interior Design/Art (double major)1965; I am licensed by the Texas Board of Architectural Design and am a member of ASID Workshop and influenced by John Fawcett, Bob Rohm, Kim English, Albert Handell, Richard McKinley, Dawn Emerson, Denise Mahlke.

I am a member of the International Pastel Society, a Pastel Society of America Associate, the Austin Pastel Society and the Die Kunstler Von Fredericksburg (the Artists of Fredericksburg).

I am formally represented by RS Hanna Gallery on Fredericksburg, Texas. You can find more of my work at

Juried Shows and Awards:

  • Art on the Llano Estacado at the Texas Tech Museum 2019-20-21-22
  • 2022 Austin Pastel Society juried show: Jack Richardson Merchandise Award
  • 2021 Austin Pastel Society juried show:  Pan Pastel Merchandise award
  • 2020 Chosen for show at the Ross Perot Museum in conjunction with EarthX I painted a series of Endangered Animals however the show was cancelled because of the pandemic.
  • 2020 Pastel Society of the Southwest Online Juried Show
  • 2018 The 33rd Annual Bosque Art Classic
  • 2012-2017 1st Place, 2nd place, 2nd in show in Animal/Wildlife Austin Pastel Society
  • 2015 and 2016 UArt Online Juried Show
  • 2014 Women Artists of America Online show
  • 2014 Western Trappings Juried Show
  • 2011-2013 1st place People’s Choice and 1st Place Artists Choice awards at Die Kunstler Membership Show.
  • 2013 Western Trappings Juried Show
  • 2012 Art Guild juried show Honorable Mention

I am formally represented by RS Hanna Gallery on Fredericksburg, Texas. You can find more of my work at