ABOUT THE ARTIST

NL Galbraith Fine Art

NL Galbraith Fine Art was launched online in 2020, although NL has been painting on and off for over 28 years.  She was educated in the interior design field and had her own interior design business for many years. She converted many outdated  and  bland spaces into inspirational interiors all over the Southwest. In every project she worked on, color and artwork were always important factors in setting the stage for successful and harmonious living, in both residential and commercial properties.

In the art world, she started out painting  a few small commissions on the side for people by doing decorative painting, faux finishes, murals, and trompe l’oeil work in homes. Word spread and referrals kept coming in, so she continued painting along with her interior design projects.  

Over the years she took many classes and workshops to improve and hone her art skills. She was certified in graphic art and continues to take painting workshops.  She believes we should look for the beauty in people and in nature, and to count our blessings daily.  She believes in Christianity and that prayer works.  

When NL created and launched her art website in 2020, she began submitting her paintings, graphics, and photographs into competitions.  Then things began to get more interesting with many of her works being featured,  becoming a top finisher, and several  winning top awards in competitions, most were competing with hundreds of entries. NL is an associate member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild.  Her artwork has been juried into shows at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, located in Poway, California; and in Gallery 21 located in the Spanish Village in Balboa Park,  San Diego, California. 

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COMPETITIONS

In January 2020:

NL Galbraith was awarded as an exhibition finalist in Fusion Art’s 5th Annual Landscape Competition.  This was the first time NL had ever submitted any of her work into a competition.  Two of her paintings made it into the competition as  finalists and were shown on Fusion Art’s website for the month of January.  The paintings  they showed are titled the “Fullerton Arboretum” and “The Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge”. The Fullerton Arboretum is an amazing facility that develops and teaches about sustainability issues of our forests and our food supplies, in association with California State University in Fullerton. The painting exists because of professional photographer David Ricks’ beautiful photograph  which he allowed NL to paint.

In February 2020:

 NL Galbraith was awarded again as an exhibition finalist in The Colors of Humanity Art Gallery’s juried competition “Red”.  Two more of her paintings were exhibited in this show for the entire month of February 2020.  The paintings are titled the “Crimson Red Flower” and “Waiting For You”.

In March 2020: 

 “Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”, and “Five Palms” were awarded as exhibition finalists in Fusion Art’s “Colors” competition.  They were exhibited on Fusion Art’s website for the month of March.  

In June and July of 2020:

NL submitted her paintings into the second annual  “Primary Colors” competition.  Her painting “Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”  won a “Special Merit Award”, making it a two time winner, this time out of 772 entries!  This painting was on exhibit for the month of July at Light Space & Time.

In August 2020:

The “Green Shade Tree” won honorable mention out of 415 submissions by other artists’ in FAA’s A Single Tree competition.

“The Fullerton Arboretum” was honored as a top finisher in FAA’s  competition for Great Garden Themes and Landscapes.

In September 2020: 

Fine Art America featured several of NL’s photographs and one painting.  The photographs are titled, “Elegant Entrance”, “Colorful Curved Brick Stairway”, and “Stairs to Enlightenment”.  The painting that was featured is named “Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”.  .Later in September Fine Art America’s group “Vertical Images”  featured her photograph “A Delicate Bloom”, and a mixed media piece titled “Palm Park View”.  Still later in September NL’s mixed media piece “Pink Flower on a Vine” was a top finisher.

In October 2020:

The photographs of  “Lahaina Harbor”, “Hawaiian Beach”,  “Island Men”,  and “Island Hula Dancer” were featured by FAA’s Vertical Images..                                       

The Fine Art America group “Fine Art Apparel” featured several photographs and mixed media pieces including  the photograph “The Old Gristmill”.

The Fine Art America group “Christian Theme Artwork”  featured a mixed media piece titled “Our Greatest Gift Is Jesus”.

The San Diego Parks and Recreation Department’s 45th Annual Virtual Age Well Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by SHARP awarded NL 3rd place for her acrylic painting “Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”.

In November 2020;

The photographs “Cat of the Castle” and “Cobblestone Stairs And A Blue Iron Gate” were featured by FAA’s Frozen In Time.

“Our Greatest Gift is Jesus” was a top finisher in a Christmas Card Contest  for her Christmas tree.

“One Party Palm”; “The Malecon Arches & Miragalante Galleon”; and “Orange Glow Bouquet” were featured by FAA’s Vertical Images.

         2021

In January 2021:

“The Violinist’s Serenade” and “Under the Jacaranda Tree” was featured by FAA’s Vertical Images..

“The Warrior’s Flag” was a top finisher in the Essential Worker’s and Health Care Hero’s competition on Fine Art America.

In the Best Country Landscapes competition, the photographs “Yosemite Valley” and “The Back of Half Dome”  both were top finishers.

In the Still Life Florals competition on Fine Art America awarded a special feature to  NL’s photograph of a “Cup Full Of Flowers”.

In the Flags of America competition on Fine Art America, NL was a top finisher with the mixed media piece “The Warrior’s Flag”.

NL also had two mixed media pieces featured in Vertical Images on Fine Art America;  “Caught Some Air Biker” and “Multi Palm Tree Tops”.

In February  2021: 

“The Crimson Red Flower” won 3rd place out of 333 submissions on Fine Art America’s competition Something Red – Make It Pretty!

In March 2021:

The photograph “Bougainvillea Entry” was honored as a top finisher in FAA’s Residential Front Door Views competition.

The photograph “Yosemite’s Sunset At Half Dome” was honored as a top finisher in the Best of Best Landscape Photos FAA competition; and was also honored as a top finisher in the Right Place, Right Time FAA competition

The photograph “A Delicate Bloom” was honored as a top finisher in the Spring Is Here Flower Contest via FAA

In April 2021: 

The photograph  “A Cup Full Of Flowers” was honored as a top finisher  in Your Best Floral Still Life via FAA.

“Fiesta Umbrellas” was featured in the FAA’s Frozen In Time art competition; and was featured as a top finisher in FAA’s Umbrellas and Awnings competition.

“The Green Shade Tree” was featured in FAA’s Favorite Covid 19 Masks.

I”The Green Shade Tree” and “The Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge” were both featured in FAA’s Tree Painting contest.

“Frozen Mono Lake” was featured in FAA’s Weather Group.

In May 2021:

“We’re In It Together” and “Keep Looking Upward”, were top finishers in Inspirational Art & Uplifting Text.

“The Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge” was a top finisher in FAA’s Hiking Panoramic Photos and Art.

“Roses Brighten Life” and “A Rim Full Of Flowers” were both top finishers in FAA’s Still Life Florals.

“Looking Up a Palm Tree” and Yosemite’s Half Dome were featured in FAA’s Vertical Images.

In June 2021: 

“Everyone Matters” was a top finisher in FAA’s  George Floyd Life Matters Tribute; and also was featured in FAA’s Vertical Images.

“Leaving The Islands By Boat” was a top finisher in FAA’s Watercolor Ocean And Waves competition.

“Orange Glow” and “Cupful Of Flowers” were both top finishers in FAA’s Still Life Florals Special Feature.

“Colorful Swim For Kids” was a top finisher in FAA’s Fine Art Apparel Children’s Art.

“Electric Geometric Edge” was a top finisher in FAA’s Gold Standard Digital Composition Algorithm by A Woman’s Touch.

“Yellow Rose” was a top finisher in FAA’s Yellow or Gold Roses competition by A Woman’s Touch.

“Red Palm Tops”, “Looking Up A Palm Tree”, and “A Great Surf Day” were all top finishers in FAA’s Palm Trees and Tropical Trees competition.

“Red Palm Tops”, “The Crimson Red Flower” were both top finishers in FAA’s I See Red competition.

In July 2021: 

“White Carousel Horse II” photograph was featured by FAA’s Fine Art Apparel.

“Crimson Red Flower” ink painting was a top finisher in FAA’s I See Red competition.

“Twenty Miles For Groceries” photograph was a top finisher in FAA;s Empty Roads competition.

“Big Blue” abstract painting was featured in FAA’s A Woman’s Touch competition.

“Schooner Flying The Flag” photograph was featured in FAA’s Outdoor Photographer.

“Schooner II Flying The Flag” photograph was featured in FAA’s A Woman’s Touch.

“The New Jerusalem” was featured in FAA’s A Woman’s Touch.

“Big Blue”, “The New Jerusalem”, “The Bottle House At Calico”, and “Masseuses Beachside”  were all featured in FAA’s Vertical Images.

“Dance It Out” abstract painting was featured; “Art Gallery and Museum”, “Ideas Rolling Around” and “Dance It Out” were favorited by GJ Georgian of Art Changes Lives.

“Big Blue” abstract painting was a top finisher in FAA’s Wall Art For Home and Business competition.

“Morro Rock” photograph was featured in FAA’s Everything Sunset competition.

“Schooner II Flying The Flag”  was a top finisher in FAA’s Boats and Ships Showing Flags.

“Big Blue” abstract painting was a top finisher in FAA’s Think It, Feel It, Paint It competition.

“Crimson Red Flower” was a top finisher in FAA’s Ink Plus competition,

“Windy Park In Maui” photograph was a top finisher in FAA’s Wind Shown With An Image competition.

“Blue Green Flower” and “Big Blue” were top finishers in FAA’s Abstract Artwork competition.

“Not Ready For G Forces” photograph was a top finisher  in FAA’s Aviation Art competition.

“Baja Coast” and “Morro Rock” photographs were top finishers in FAA’s Waves Meet Rocks Photography competition.

“Yosemite Sunset At Half Dome” photograph was a top finisher in FAA’s Mountains In The Magic Hour competition.

“Dawn At The Cape”, “Morrow Rock”, and “Waiting For The Green Flash” photographs were top finishers in FAA’s Sunrise or Sunsets On The Beach competition.

In August 2021: 

“The New Jerusalem”, “Looking Up A Palm Tree”, and “The Green Shade Tree” were top finishers in FAA”s Trees competition.

“Morro Rock” photograph was a top finisher in FAA’s Sunset On The Beach competition.

“Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs” was a top finisher in FAA’s Get Noticed Paintings competition.

“Jay Walking Seagull”, “Aunt On An Ostrich”,  and “White Carousel II” were top finishers in FAA’s Funky Town competition.

“Yosemite Valley” photograph was a top finisher in FAA’s Great Outdoors competition.

“Wine Awaiting”, and “Napa Vineyard”  photographs were top finishers in FAA’s Wine competition.

“Patriotic Jet Skier” photograph was a top finishers in FAA’s Red White Or Blue July 2021 competition.

“Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs” was a top finishers in FAA’s Get Noticed Paintings.

“O.B. Pier and Tidepools” was featured in FAA’s Outdoor Photographer Group.

“Rim Full Of Flowers” and “Cup Full Of Flowers” were top finishers in FAA’s Still Life Floral Special Feature competition.

“Fountain Of Living Water” painting was a special feature on FAA’s Beautiful Watercolors.

“Summer Sunflowers” were featured in FAA’s Acrylic Art Group.

“Fountain Of Living Water” painting was featured in FAA’s A Woman’s Touch Group.

“Summer Sunflowers” was a top finishers in FAA’s Get Noticed Paintings.

“Happy Sunflowers” and “Fountain Of Living Water” were featured in FAA’s Flower’s With Watercolor competition.

“Fountain of Living Water” was a top finishers in FAA’s Beautiful Summer Gardens competition.

“Yucca Near Red Rock”, “Playing With Water Squirts”, “Fountain Of Living Water”, “Hoping For A Wave”, “Under The O.B. Pier”, “Sunset Cliffs Erosion”,  and “When Gas Was Cheap” photographs were featured by FAA’s Frozen In Time Vertical Images Goup.

“Perfect Peach Rose” photograph was a top finishers in FAA’s Macro Flowers competition.

“Fountain Of Living Water” painting was featured in FAA’s Fine Art Apparel’s Top Ten For The Week.

“Waiting For The Green Flash” and “Morro Rock” photographs were top finishers in FAA’s Sunrise and Sunsets.

“Fountain of Living Water” painting was featured by FAA’s Beautiful Watercolors.

“Yellow Rose” and “Perfect Peach Rose” photographs were top finishers in FAA’s Macro Yellow Coral Pink Roses competition.

“Summer Sunflowers” painting was a top finisher in FAA’s Your Newest Painting competition.

“Yucca Near Red Rock” photograph was featured in FAA’s Landscapes and Seascapes competition.

“Fountain of Living Water”, “Summer Sunflowers”, “Happy Sunflowers”, “Gardener’s Delight”,  and “Beneath The Surface” were top finishers in FAA’s Painted In August competition.

“Summer Sunflowers”, “Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge”, “Daydreams; Palms. Beach, and Surf”, and “Leaving The island By Boat” were top finishers in FAA’s Watercolor Beaches.

“Fountain of Living Water” painting was posted on the San Diego Museum of Fine Art Artist’s Guild website at SDMAAG.org.

“Big Sur Mailboxes” and “Iconic College Grove Majorette” photographs were featured in FAA’s Vertical Images Group.

In September 2021: 

“Fullerton Arboretum” painting was a top finisher in FAA’s Beautiful Watercolors Special Feature competition.

“Bixby Bridge” photograph was featured in FAA’s Outdoor Photographer Group.

“Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”, “Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge”, and “Leaving The Islands By Boat” were top finishers in FAA’s Favorite Vacation Destinations competition.

“Barney The Black Lab”, “Rascal’s Ready To Ride”, “Bailey’s Colorful Coat”, “Gigi Smells Bacon”, “Midge’s First Outing” were top finishers in FAA’s Dogs competition.

“Purple Flower On A Vine” was a top finisher in FAA’s Purple Flower contest.

“Drought At South Lake Tahoe”, “Bixby Bridge Sunrise Through The Mist”, and “Bixby Bridge On The Rugged Coast” photographs were featured by FAA’s Vertical Images.

“Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs” was a top finisher at FAA’s Your Best Painting.

“Roses Brighten Life” was a top finisher in FAA’s Your Best Floral Still Life competition.

“Fullerton Arboretum”, “Garden Party”, and “Golden Clearing By The Water’s Edge” were top finishers in FAA’s Landscape Paintings competition.

“Big Sur Inn Mailboxes” was a top finisher in FAA’s Fantastic Mail Box Contest.

“Rim Full of Flowers” photograph was a top finisher in FAA’s Only Flowers Contest.

“Yosemite Valley”, “The Giant Sequoias”, “Yosemite Falls”, and  “Sunset At Half Dome” photographs were top finishers in FAA’s  California Parks Photos competition.

“Bixby Bridge On The Rugged Coast”, and “Hoping For A Wave” were top finishers in FAA’s  Seascapes competition.

“Summer Sunflowers” painting was a top finisher in FAA’s  Your Best II competition.

In October 2021: 

“Aqua Palm Tops” was juried into the Transitions competition at the Poway Performing Arts Center, in Poway, California by the San Diego Museum Of Fine Art Artist’s Guild.

From November 2021 to the present, she continued to place well in numerous art competitions, with dozens of entries being featured.  Her art websites currently have over 330 pieces of museum quality copies of her art to choose from to purchase.

This “About the Artist” entry is a work in progress and will be updated again soon.

 

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NL Galbraith realized  what an impact her artwork had on others many years ago.  She had just finished painting a beach mural on the wall in a young boy’s bedroom.  It had a sandy beach with waves rolling in, a thatched palapa surf shack, palm trees, and a surfboard the young man helped to design.  She came back on the last day to do a few finishing touches to the mural, and found the young man had taped a picture of himself in the waves like he was riding on it. He could see himself surfing in her painting which really tickled NL.

In another mural project, she painted a motocross motorcycle race track all around the room encircling it.  There were two motorcycle rider’s flying through the air on their motorcycles on different walls.  The finish line was painted over the teenager’s bed.   NL was later informed this teenager wasn’t just dreaming it, he was living it, excelling and often winning in his motorcycle competitions.  

In  another mural she painted a beautiful scene from a photograph taken on a couple’s honeymoon in France that wrapped around the walls of their jetted bathtub.  She couldn’t say for certain, but she believed they re-lived their honeymoon many times over in that tub.

She did many children’s theme rooms.  In one small project, little bugs, birds, and small creatures were painted  in different rooms.  Every time someone went down the hallway before a big event was coming up, they would touch the ladybug for good luck.  Her artwork was always fun for her to do, and always a happy event for her clients.

NL stated, “One thing is for certain, people react to their environments, and art can inspire people to dream more, and achieve more. So set the stage well, and live well with art.”

The artwork and items with her artwork printed on she sells is to add to her income, and to support and place a spotlight on issues she feels needs support  (Christianity; local pounds/animal shelters; teenage mental illness; cancer; diabetes;  Alzheimer’s; CRPS/chronic pain research; sustainability of our forests and natural resources; clean air and water;  etc.).  She hopes you will enjoy her artwork, and find a piece or two you really like and buy it, bringing her art into your life or a loved one’s.