Use of color to define shapes and composition is the dominant force in McIntosh’s paintings. Whether through the dream-like quality of the clouds in contemporary landscapes, bold abstracts filled with color, or textural encaustics, she tries to elicit from her audience strong and joyous emotional reactions.

Using time of day, light, atmosphere, and music as inspiration for her compositions, McIntosh has ventured onto new surfaces, painting sometimes bold and sometimes impressionistic color on exotic wood veneers. The veneers are then broken into shapes along natural grain lines, carefully arranged and mounted to add the tension and play of negative space, and finally framed for presentation.

By following the grain of the wood veneer, and using color to highlight the different grain patterns, her compositions make a clear contemporary statement that relates to other oil paintings — both contemporary and more traditional — in addition to watercolors, mixed media, and encaustics. McIntosh’s work shows very well in group exhibitions, providing cohesive colors and textures that highlight not only her own work, but other exhibition participants’ works as well.

With a BFA from the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, she continues to apply her formal education in printmaking and painting to oils, mixed media, drypoints, pen and ink illustration, and encaustics.

McIntosh’s work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, including exhibits in Cincinnati, Ohio at The University of Cincinnati Foundation, M an UltraModern Gallery, Enjoy the Arts/START, Rottinghaus Gallery, Art Design Consultants Gallery, The Cincinnati Women’s Art Club, ArtWorks Gallery, and Red Tree Gallery. A member of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild in Littleton, Colorado, McIntosh’s work has appeared at The Depot Art Gallery in Littleton, earning an Honorable Mention and Best Of Show at the 57th Anniversary Show in 2019, First Place in the Animals Tame and Wild Show in 2020; in several exhibits at R Gallery in Boulder, Colorado, where McIntosh is also a Member Artist; in Kaleidoscope, a virtual art show at the Gallery of the Arts, Arapahoe Community College; in the National Fine Arts Show at Louisville (Colorado) Art Association, 2020; in Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado; earning Third Place in Lakewood Art’s Abstract Expression Show in 2020, and Merit Award in Lakewood Art’s Colorado’s Best in 2021.

The artist can be contacted for information on commissions or sale of existing work at tippymcintosh@hotmail.com.