NL Galbraith Fine Art
NL Galbraith has been painting on and off for over 25 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 She converted many outdated and bland spaces into inspirational interiors all over the Southwest.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, the ergonomics, proportion/scale, lighting, color, and artwork were always important factors in setting the stage for successful and harmonious living, in both residential and commercial properties.
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. Her murals have been painted all over the southwest.
Over the years she took many classes and workshops to improve and hone her art skills. She believes we learn something new everyday, we should always look for the beauty in people and in nature, and to count our blessings. She believes in Christianity and that prayer works. NL is currently taking digital design classes with plans to add more vector based art to her portfolio. NL created and launched her art website in early January of 2020 with the help of an IT person. This is when things began to get more interesting…
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.
Next, 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”.
Then in March 2020, NL Galbraith was awarded as an exhibition finalist in Fusion Art’s “Colors” competition. Again, two more of her paintings made it into the show and were seen on Fusion Art’s website for the month of March. The colorful paintings that were honored for inclusion to this prestigious competition are titled, “Surprise Beyond The Blue Tiled Stairs”, and “Five Palms”.
After taking a break due to Covid-19 closures, in June 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 NL submitted her watercolor painting titled the “Green Shade Tree” into a Fine Art America competition for a single tree. Her painting won an honorable mention out of 415 submissions by other artists.
Again in August, NL submitted her painting the “Fullerton Arboretum” into another Fine Art America competition for Great Garden Themes and Landscapes, and was honored as a top finisher.
In September 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 the Fine Art America group “Vertical Images” featured NL’s photographs and mixed media pieces named “Lahaina Harbor”, “Hawaiian Beach”, “Island Men”, and “Island Hula Dancer”.
In October the Fine Art America group “Fine Art Apparel” posted several photographs and mixed media pieces; and featured the photograph “The Old Gristmill”.
In October the Fine Art America group “Christian Theme Artwork” featured a mixed media piece titled “Our Greatest Gift Is Jesus”.
Also in October 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, the Fine Art America group “Frozen In Time” featured two photographs titled “Cat of the Castle” and “Cobblestone Stairs And A Blue Iron Gate”.
Also in November, NL was a top finisher in a Christmas Card Contest for her Christmas tree titled, “Our Greatest Gift Is Jesus”.
Also in November, Vertical Images from Fine Art America featured three more pieces: “One Party Palm”; “The Malecon Arches & Miragalante Galleon”; and “Orange Glow Bouquet”.
Then beginning in January 2021:
Vertical Images of Fine Art America featured NL’s photographs titled, “The Violinist’s Serenade” and “Under the Jacaranda Tree”.
Also in January, “The Warrior’s Flag” was a top finisher in the Essential Worker’s and Health Care Hero’s competition on Fine Art America.
Also in January, in the Best Country Landscapes competition, the photographs “Yosemite Valley” and “The Back of Half Dome” both were top finishers.
Also in January, the Still Life Florals competition on Fine Art America awarded a special feature to NL’s photograph of a “Cup Full Of Flowers”.
Also in January, in the Flags of America competition on Fine Art America, NL was a top finisher with the mixed media piece “The Warrior’s Flag”.
Also in January, NL had two mixed media pieces featured in Vertical Images on Fine Art America; “Caught Some Air Biker” and “Multi Palm Tree Tops”.
In February, NL’s painting titled “The Crimson Red Flower” won 3rd place out of 333 submissions on Fine Art America’s competition Something Red – Make It Pretty!
In March, the photograph “Bougainvillea Entry” was honored as a top finisher in FAA’s Residential Front Door Views competition.
Also in March, 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
Also in March, the photograph “A Delicate Bloom” was honored as a top finisher in the Spring Is Here Flower Contest via FAA
In April, the photograph “A Cup Full Of Flowers” was honored as a top finisher in Your Best Floral Still Life via FAA.
TO ORDER COPIES of NL’s fine art paintings, mixed media, and photographs (giclee prints, framed or unframed, or on canvas); or printed on t-shirts, face masks, beach towels, bedding, pillows, stationary, cards, and more items, please click this link at Fine Art America – https://pixels.com/profiles/nl-galbraith . Some artwork is also available to purchase on NL Galbraith’s website here at – https://www.nlgalbraithfineart.com and more on https://zazzle.com/store/nl_galbraith_fineart and also on https://teespring.com/stores/nl-galbraith-fine-art .
NL Galbraith realized what an impact her artwork had on others about 15 years ago. She had just finished a beach mural 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 was 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 she sells is to supplement her income, and to support and place a spotlight on issues she feels needs more support (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.) This site is a new beginning for her. She hopes you will enjoy her artwork and buy it, bringing her art into your life or a loved one’s.