Beth MacNeil Stinson
Mixed Media Artist
Beth MacNeil Stinson works in mixed media combining ink, pencil, charcoal, and watercolors on paper. Her small intricate drawings are composed of organic shapes, textures, and patterns. Beth’s drawings evoke personal impressions that may tell a story, capture a moment, or conjure a feeling.
Beth started “making things,” her mom called it, as a child – elaborate Valentine’s Day cards, embroidered felt, and collages. When she was a teenager, she traded babysitting services for art lessons with local artists, learning how to draw and watercolor.
Beth earned Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees in printmaking and photography from the State University of New York at Albany. For over a decade, Beth ran darkrooms and audio-visual services for seven colleges and universities, where she discovered a knack for teaching. As an adjunct professor, she taught the History of Photography, Darkroom Techniques for Black and White Photography, and Hand Coloring Photographs. Through the 1980s, her prints were accepted into juried art shows in New York, Connecticut, California, and New Mexico. In 1990, she had a one-person show featuring her hand-colored photographs at the Craft Center Gallery, University of California Davis.
Then the Internet happened. Beth fully embraced the digital world, excited by the opportunity for innovation and reinvention. She combined her graphic arts sensibilities with her teaching experience to build a 20+-year career as an instructional designer. Working across multiple industries, she has designed curricula, websites, presentations, and online courses on various subjects, including accessibility, user experience, technical writing, cyber security, and construction safety.
Participating in a meditative drawing class three years ago reawakened Beth’s love of “making things.” She began drawing again and recently won first place at the annual Olney Farmers and Artists Market juried art show.
Beth married her high school sweetheart, Dr. Jeff Stinson, and they raised two sons, Patrick and Matthew. They live in Brookeville, Maryland, and share their home with Nyx, a feisty tortoiseshell cat, and Rumble, a sweet black tabby cat.
Beth’s art is available at the HorseSpirit Arts Gallery in Savage, MD.