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"Mount Teewinot"

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  Feature Artist Bio

Michele Byrne - Mount Teewinot

Michele Byrne - Mount Teewinot

Michele Byrne - Saturday Morning Market

Michele Byrne - Saturday Morning Market

Michele Byrne - Canoeing at String Lake

Michele Byrne - Canoeing at String Lake

Michele Byrne - Creekside Conversations

Michele Byrne - Creekside Conversations

Michele Byrne - View of Buck Mountain

Michele Byrne - View of Buck Mountain

Michele Byrne - Jackson 4th of July Parade

Michele Byrne - Jackson 4th of July Parade

Michele Byrne - Tlaquepaque Shoppers

Michele Byrne - Tlaquepaque Shoppers

Michele Byrne - Autumn Sunlight

Michele Byrne - Autumn Sunlight

Michele Byrne - Walking Upland

Michele Byrne - Walking Upland

Michele Byrne - Melody In Blue

Michele Byrne - Melody In Blue

Michele Byrne - San Carlos Nights

Michele Byrne - San Carlos Nights

Michele Byrne - Midnight Cowboy

Michele Byrne - Midnight Cowboy

                                                     

                                                                ARTIST'S OFFICIAL BIO                                                                                                 http://michelebyrne.com/about                                           

 

 

 

Michele Byrne's

OFFICIAL WEBSITE  

                                                      http://michelebyrne.com/                                                

 

By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary 

American landscape painter Michele Byrne (born 1959 in Pennsylvania, USA). 
 

Known for her plein air painting, Michele Byrne of Wyomissing, PA, has been painting since she was 8 years old. She earned her BFA at Kutztown University, where she graduated with a degree in graphic design. Michele worked in that field for 20 years while painting in her free time. She has been painting full-time since 2001.

 

Painting in plein air is not just a passion for Michele it is a dedication. The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light and inclusion of figures despite that in front of you everything is changing. These decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image. Says, Byrne, “Painting plein air allows me to create a more fluid diary of the ever-changing activity of a café or street scene.”

Michele often paints using a palette knife. She refers to her work as "palette-knife Impressionism." Her art has been influenced by Sargent, Toulouse-Latrec, Berthe Morisot, Carolyn Anderson, Richard Schmid, Dan McCaw and others. She has studied with Quang Ho, CW Mundy and Richard Schmid

Michele has won numerous awards and received recognition for her plein air and studio work, including most recently the Award of Excellence at the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational and 2nd Prize in the Urban Life Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York City

Michele's paintings are found in galleries across the country. She has achieved Signature Membership status with the American Impressionist Society.

 

                              Selected Exhibitions and Awards

2016

Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters Invitational, Grand Teton Nat’l Park, WY

Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional ExhibitEisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH

American Impressionist Society 17th National Juried Exhibition, Howard/Mandeville Gallery, Seattle, WA

- Achieved Signature membership status with the

2015

Sedona Plein Air Invitational Salon Speakeasy – Third Place Award – Juror Catherine Dietrich

- Jane Impasto Award – Salmagundi Club Fall Auctions – Juror Elizabeth Spencer       

Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Exhibit - Eckert & Ross Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

American Impressionist Society 16th National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

- Featured in Southwest Art Magazine Editorial"Women in Art," October 2015 issue

- 1st Place - Brush Off AwardPlein Air Invitational, Debra Huse Gallery, Balboa Island, CA, Juror Jean Stern

- People’s Choice Award and 3rd Place AwardForgotten Coast Plein Air Quick Draw, Apalachicola, FL, Juror Joshua Rose

 

2nd Place AwardSalmagundi ClubUrban Landscape Exhibit, New York, NY

- American Impressionist Society 15th National Juried Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2014

- Award of Merrit and Randy Higby Award - Just Plein Fun Plein Air InvitationalJuror Jean Stern, Balboa Island, CA

- Invitational Faculty - Demo at PleinAir Magazine Annual Convention, Monterey, CA

2013   

- First Place Award, Just Plein Fun- Debra Huse Gallery Plein Air InvitationalJuror Jean Stern 

- PleinAir Magazine, June/July8 Page Feature Article, by Steve Doherty

- TSKW - The Studios of Key West - 4 Week Artist Residency Fellowship, Key West, FL

2012

- Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit - Bennington, VT

- Second Place Award - Easton Plein Air Quick Draw, Easton, MD - Juror Tim Newton

- Southwest Art Magazine – September Issue – included in Urban Impressions article 

2011

- American Impressionist Society - National Juried Exhibition, Mountainsong Gallery, Carmel, CA

- Southwest Art Magazine – September, Editor’s ChoiceArtist’s to Watch” section 

Gallery #452

    December 30, 2016

Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist

                    Michele Byrne (Born 1959)

               ARTIST'S STATEMENT
 

"I prefer to paint outdoors directly on site. I feel that it is the best way to capture the immediacy of the moment. It allows me to immerse myself in the subject. I am not the typical plein air landscape painter in that I enjoy capturing social situations and views of the urban landscape. Whether standing next to a busy café, an isolated beach or inside a jazz club, I know that it is not just the visual information that becomes a part of the painting. The sounds, the smells, the mood and the environment all become integral to the finished image.

 

My plein air paintings are meant to be mirrors of our lives. There is something magical and mystical about standing with your feet firmly planted on the earth, absorbing all the sounds, smells and conversations as well as the visual information and letting it all flow out onto the canvas. I become a part of the scene and the paintings seem to flow out of me. "