Contributed by: Linda Deeter
Coldspring Area Art League, President
The recent death of Mary Basye Nicklow will leave a tremendous void in the Coldspring community, but her memory and love of art will live on.
After studying art privately for many years, watercolor became the chosen medium of Mary Basye Nicklow. A serious artist since 1976, this international award-winning watercolorist had numerous one-woman shows in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. For several years, she was represented by the prestigious DuBose Gallery in Houston, Texas.
Mary's artwork is included in many corporate as well as private collections. It can be seen gracing the walls at our local Bank of San Jacinto County and numerous other locations. A native Texan, she made her home in Coldspring. Mary's subject matter varied from rural landscapes of East Texas to the sometimes stark scenery of the Big Bend area of West Texas. Her still life and portrait paintings have been widely accepted and in more recent years she had completed a number of large floral paintings. Her love of nature and love of God was evident, not only in her art, but in her life!
Mary was a signature member of the Texas Watercolor Society, Watercolor Art Society of Houston, The International Society of Artists and had her work accepted for competition by the American Watercolor Society in New York. She was a Charter Member of Coldspring Area Art League, and a member of Lone Star Art Guild.
Mary was deeply involved in art in the Coldspring community. She loved sharing her art and she loved encouraging others to pursue their artistic talents. Mary, along with 11 other charter members, established the Coldspring Area Art League 2012, with a mission to "encourage the diversity of art". She loved participating in the League's numerous community activities and delighted in sharing her knowledge of art with children at the Creative Kids Art Camp each year. She demonstrated for the League, always shared her "artistic opinion" when asked!