The Colors of Key West
24 x 36 in.
oil on linen
Available through the artist
Each year I spend a couple of months on the tropical island of Key West, Florida, leaving behind the winter gray skies of Pennsylvania. Spending time here each year feeds my creativity and nourishes my soul. My use of color bursts through in dramatic ways, and it’s a time for exploration.
This creative escape often informs my studio process for painting the dramatic street scenes of Manhattan, Indianapolis and Charleston that I am most known for.
Eight years ago, I was awarded an Artist in Residency at The Studios of Key West, where I spent a month living in a cottage and producing an exhibit. I’ve returned each year since then to feed my soul with color and warmth, during the harsh northeast winters. I love the friendships I’ve made, and the exhibition and teaching opportunities have been life enhancing.
Excerpt from a recent quote: “Michele Byrne is widely known for her expressive plein air and studio Manhattan street scenes as well as café and beach scenes where she depicts figures full of life and movement.”
Byrne has received a great deal of recognition for her work, including recent acknowledgments:
— President’s Choice Award in the American Impressionist Society’s 2018 Annual Exhibit.
— Cover of PleinAir Magazine – January 2020 issue showing one of her rainy street scenes, along with an in-depth article explaining her palette knife technique and process.
— Liliedahl Productions has released three instructional videos of Michele’s painting process. Michele’s second video, PALETTE KNIFE Painting with Michele Byrne, was awarded Best Selling Video of the Year by Liliedahl Productions.
Michele also teaches several workshops each year.
Gallery 222, Malvern, PA
View more of Byrne’s on her website.
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