Cinque Terre Sunlight
20 x 16 in.
Oil on linen panel
Available at Illume Gallery in St. George, UT for the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Exhibit
“This past October I spent two glorious weeks painting in Tuscany and visiting Rome, Florence and Cinque Terre. My plan had been to return this August to teach a workshop.
Since the Covid19 pandemic changed everything, and I was quarantined to my home/studio, I decided to paint this piece from memory and photo reference. Memories are a huge part of my painting process.
Approximately 85% of my work is done plein air. Most of my work has figures in movement and I use my photographic memory to remember the body language of the figures as they pass by. For studio pieces I also use my memory. Memories of the places I visited; the thoughts, lighting and color are used to enhance the piece. My memory of Vernazza was of dazzling sunlight, glowing umbrellas and friendly people celebrating life.”
Michele Byrne is a contemporary impressionist painter known for her dynamic palette knife paintings full of life, color and movement. Her paintings depict the art of conversation and each piece tells a unique figurative story with brush and knife.
Michele travels extensively, painting plein air in various locations across the United States and abroad. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in 2019. She is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. She has three instructional videos with Lilliedahl Productions and a YouTube Channel where she discusses her art practice.
Michele has recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and looks forward to painting with a new sense of light and landscape.
Byrne has won numerous awards for her work. Recent awards include:
• President’s Choice Award in the American Impressionist Society’s 2018 Annual Exhibit
• Cover of PleinAir Magazine December/January 2020 issue showing one of her rainy street scenes, along with eight-page article explaining her palette knife technique and process
• Michele’s second video, PALETTE KNIFE Painting with Michele Byrne, was awarded Best Selling Video of the Year by Lilliedahl Productions.
Michele also teaches several workshops each year.
View more of Byrne’s work on her website
Sign up for her newsletter here.