“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.