Born and raised in Burlington, NC, Gret Mackintosh's earliest memories involve drawing and painting animals, which has led to a lifelong career in the art and design world. After initially entering into the College of Design at North Carolina State University as a Graphic Design major, she quickly realized that her heart remained in the fine arts and switched to a double major in Art & Design and Landscape Architecture. After graduation, she moved to Charleston, South Carolina to begin her career as a landscape architect, while continuing to pursue painting as a passion. Gret’s extensive commission work as an animal portrait artist spurred from her obsessive drawing and painting of her own spotted canine muse, Louie. (See the Animal Portraits: Short Story page)
She primarily paints using acrylics, but also delves into other mediums such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor and marker. She is fascinated by nature, and attempts to balance the dichotomy of realism and abstractionism in her paintings by highlighting realistic details through bold color choices such as painting a zebra’s stripes blue.
Gret states "My constantly evolving view of the natural living world guides and inspires my work on a daily basis."
She currently has a studio space at Redux Contemporary Art Center and resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her menagerie of plants and animals, including her Lemon Dalmatian, Louie, a horse named Arbitrator, and a cat named Prince Jamal.