Oil on linen
12 x 18 in.
Michele Byrne is widely recognized for her figurative plein air work. She lives and works near Reading, Pennsylvania, where she was born. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations that include Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado, and Key West in Florida. Michele is a Faculty Demonstrator for the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, held in Monterey, California in April.
Byrne has won numerous awards for her plein air and studio work, including a top prize in the prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City. Painting en plein air is not just a passion for Michele — it is a dedication. The on-the-spot challenge means that the artist cannot copy from photographs or other materials. The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light, and inclusion of figures despite the constantly changing conditions in front of them. These decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image. This is hardly possible when the artist is constrained to a studio.
Please visit Byrne’s website to see her upcoming workshops and read her blog about recent travels: