About the Artist

Michele Byrne

The Art of Conversation

Michele Byrne - Biography

ARTIST STATEMENT

On Plein Air Painting


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 through me.  

 

BIOGRAPHY

Michele Byrne paints in oils and watercolors. Two books of her paintings are published and she is working on a third book. The titles of the published books are: The Art of Conversation with an introduction by Constance Battle MD.; The Art of Conversation: Manhattan with an introduction by Meredith Lewis (Editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine). Michele has also had her works included in sales at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia and she is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionists Society.

 

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

2012 Bennington Center For The Arts, Bennington, Vermont – purchased “Paper Mill Bridge” for their Permanent Collection 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL BENCHWORKS

2013

- First Place Award - Debra Huse Gallery - Just Plein Fun - Plein Air Invitational, Juror Jean Stern, Balboa Island, CA

- PleinAir Magazine, June/July – 8 Page Feature Article, by Steve Doherty

- Third Place Artist Choice Award - Telluride Plein Air - Telluride, CO

- TSKW - The Studios of Key West - Awarded 4 Week Artist Residency Fellowship in February 2013, Key West, FL

- Best of Show & Peoples’ Choice Awards - Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD 

2012

- Juried into the Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Division Exhibit - Bennington, Vt.

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

- People’s Choice Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, CO

- Third Place Award - Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ - Juror Joseph McGurl

- Artists’ Choice Award, First Place Award & Peoples’ Choice Awards - Paint the Town, Chestertown, MD 

2011 

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

- People’s Choice Award - San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA 

- SouthWest Art Magazine article - September Issue, Artist to Watch/Editors’ Choice for Up-And-Coming Talent 

- First Place Award of Excellence - Berks Art Alliance 34th Annual Juried Show - Reading Museum, Reading, PA 

- First Place Quick Draw Award - Aspen Plein Air Invitational, Aspen, Colorado 

- Honorable Mention - Wayne Plein Air - Wayne, PA 

2010

- 1st Place Award - Salmagundi Club Winter Exhibition - New York, NY 

- People’s Choice Award/Dueling Brushes - Paint Annapolis 2010, Annapolis, MD 

- Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Poster Artist

- 2nd Place - Artists’ Choice Award: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO

- People’s Choice Award & 3rd Place Award: Cranford Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ - Juror Allison Malafronte

- 3rd Place Award: Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA - Juror William Scott Jennings

- Honorable Mention: Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth, MD

2009

- Best of Show: Mountain Maryland Plein Air Event, Cumberland, MD - Juror Nancy Tankersley

- 2nd Place: Bayonet Farms, Holmdel, NJ - Jurors Peter Trippi and James Yarosh

- 2nd Place: Havre de Grace Plein Air Competiton, Havre de Grace, MD - Juror Armand Cabrera

- First Place Award: Berks Arts Council's ART OF JAZZ show in conjunction with Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA

- Honorable Mention: Berks Art Alliance 32nd Annual Juried Exhibit, Reading Museum, Reading, PA

- Featured Artist: Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA

- Artwork chosen for the Berks Jazz Fest Logo, Berks Arts Council, Reading, PA

2008

- In the French Tradition Award of Excellence, Out & About Norfolk Plein Air Competition, Norfolk, VA

- Award of Merrit, Bucks County Paint Out - Sabine Rose Gallery, Doylestown, PA

- Open Box M Plein Air Award, Chadds Ford Art Festival, Chadds Ford, PA

- Award of Excellence, Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center

2007

- Peoples Choice Award and Award of Excellence: Paint Annapolis 07, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc.

- First Place Award: Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Rehoboth Art League. - Juror Kirk McBride

- Award of Excellence: Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne Art Center - Juror Sara Linda Poly

2006

- Second Place Award: Paint Annapolis 2006, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Assoc. - Juror Stapleton Kearns

- Featured in the February issue of Art Business News Magazine in the Trendsetter/Emerging Artist section

- Published second book titled The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, which includes 39 paintings depicting conversations in 

the parks, streets and café’s of Manhattan. Introduction written by Meredith Lewis, Editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine, 

2005

- Poster artist for Diabetes Research Institute in Miami for their Annual Feast Among the Grapes Benefit

- Auction Record established June 2003 at Freeman’s Auction, Philadelphia

- Published book titled The Art of Conversation, which includes 42 paintings as well as text explaining my inspirations and thoughts of         conversation in modern day culture. Introduction written by Constance U. Battle, M.D., 

previous executive director of the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013    TSKW - The Studios of Key West, "The French Connection", Key West, FL

2011   The Art of Conversation, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD 

2009   Recent Works, Longwood Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA 

2009   Plein Air Paintings, American Art Gallery, Snow Hill, MD

2008   The Art of Conversation - All Plein Air, Fromm Gallery, JCC of Reading, PA

2007   New Works, Uptown Gallery, New York, NY

2006   The Art of Conversation: Manhattan, Happy Dog Gallery, Piermont, NY

2004   Recent Paintings/The Art of Conversation, Ventures Gallery, Rehoboth Art League, DE

 

SELECTED GROUP AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS

2012  

- Oil Painters of American Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit, Bennington, VT

- Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

- Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

- Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

- Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

- Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

- Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

- San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA

2011

- American Impressionist Society Annual Juried Show, Mountainside Galleries, Carmel, CA

- Easton Plein Air Invitational, Easton, MD

- Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

- Aspen Plein Air, Second Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

- Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

- Paint The Town - Plein Air Exhibit, Cranford, NJ

- Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

- San Luis Obispo Plein Air Invitational, San Luis Obispo, CA

2010

- Salmagundi Club, Nocturnes Exhibit, New York, NY

- Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

- Aspen Plein Air, First Annual Invitational, Aspen, CO

- Rittenhouse Square Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

2009

- Industry and the Landscape Juried Exhibit, The Goggleworks, Reading, PA

- Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

- Wayne Art Center’s Plein Air Event, Wayne, PA

2008

Norfolk Plein Air Exhibit, Norfolk, VA

- Telluride Plein Air Exhibit, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO

2007

- Uptown Gallery, New York, NY, The Art of Conversation: Manhattan

- Berks Art Alliance Members Show, Wyomissing, PA, 1st Place Award

2006

ArtExpo New York, Jacob Javits Center, NY, NY

- Philadelphia Sketch Club 143rd Annual Juried Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings, Philadelphia, PA

- Washington Square Art Show, New York, NY

- Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, 110th Annual Juried Exhibit, New York, NY

2005

- Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern, PA

- Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL

- Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Annual, Philadelphia, PA

- Rehoboth Beach Art Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2004

- Berks Art Alliance Members Show, Wyomissing, PA, 1st Place Award

- Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Juried Continuing Education Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

- Rittenhouse Square Arts Annual, Philadelphia, PA

 

EDUCATION

2011 - Studied with artists Quang Ho, Carolyn Anderson and Dan McCaw

2009 - Studied with artists Richard Schmid, Stuart Shils and Ken Auster

2001-2003 - Figure and Portraiture classes, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2002 - Studied with California artist Robert Burridge at the Institute of the Arts, Wyomissing

1977-1981 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kutztown University, PA

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