Michele Byrne
“Sunlight in the City”
40 x 40 in.
For the past 20 years the theme for Byrne’s paintings has been the art of conversation.  Capturing the movement, the body language, and the bond that we share as humans has been her intent.  For many years she concentrated on social situations – café scenes, jazz clubs or outings on the beach.
With her street scenes she attempts to capture that same theme as well as the energy and movement of the city.
Byrne lived in Manhattan for a summer in her twenty’s and continues to travel there often to paint on location.
“I never considered myself an overly patriotic person, but my first trip to the city after the September 11th tragedies changed that forever.  Seeing the flags furling throughout the city brought tears to my eyes.  The American flag is such a strong symbol of unity for our country.”
Byrne has returned to that theme with a new series of paintings that reflects that oneness of our humanity and our country.

“Manhattan Flags” shown below will be on exhibit at Eckert & Ross Fine Art for the Oil Painters of America Eastern Exhibition.


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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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