Mary Mcinnis

March 7th

Demo Artist

I had an early interest in art and I explored various creative outlets including stagecraft, music and choral work, film and photography, as well as drawing and painting through high school and into college, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting at the University of Washington in 1987.

I love to travel with my pochade box for plein air painting, and my camera and sketchbook for gathering information and ideas.

Locally and nationally, I have exhibited in numerous group, solo, and invitational shows, and have won many awards in juried shows.

After several years’ absence from oil painting during which I concentrated on pastels, I returned to oil painting and now divide my time between the two mediums.  My pastel painting style - using the side of the pastel stick - easily lent itself to my current style in oil painting, and I have recently increased my time at plein air painting.


I live in Port Orchard WA, across the water from my childhood home, with my husband of 36 years.  

Materials for working with soft pastels –


Set of SOFT pastels in a broad range of colors (Prismacolor NuPastels or Rembrandt or whatever you have on hand).  NO oil pastels.


Pastel paper to work on.  Either a sanded pastel paper (UArt or Pastel Premium) or Canson (regular or Mi-Tientes Touch).  Other brands – Richeson Premium, even BFK printmaking paper. 


Your own photo from which to work.


Smart phone with photo editing abilities (optional)


Handi wipes

Cloth rag

White artist tape

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