Mary Whyte, "Tamales," watercolor, acrylic & charcoal, 41" x 29", private collection
Mary Whyte, "Tamales," watercolor, acrylic & charcoal, 41" x 29", private collection

“Artist Winslow Homer said that March was always his most productive month,” said watercolor artist Mary Whyte. “For me, it is April, with the widening hours of sunlight and songbirds all vying for my attention. Do I paint inside today or out?”

“My most recent large watercolor is ‘Tamales,’ the result of winter’s long twilight hours of dreaming up new paintings. The image is of Theresa, a tamale factory worker in Santa Fe who reminded me of my childhood and the angel ornament that was perched atop our Christmas tree.

“’Maine Garden’ and ‘Seabrook Dunes’ were both painted on location, capturing a specific place and moment in time. Witnessing the merger of color and light is what keeps me coming back to the easel again and again.”

Mary Whyte, "Maine Garden," watercolor, 10" x 14"
Mary Whyte, “Maine Garden,” watercolor, 10″ x 14″
Mary Whyte, "Seabrook Dunes," watercolor, 11" x 14"
Mary Whyte, “Seabrook Dunes,” watercolor, 11″ x 14″

Also ~ you’ll see firsthand the relationship Mary Whyte has with her models, why watercolor is the perfect medium, and how she creates works with emotions that capture the essence she’s trying to convey, all in this one-hour video workshop.

“We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America” is an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Mary Whyte. Now through July 14, 2023, see it in person at the National Museum of the U.S. Army in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Visit on April 21 for Whyte’s book signing and tour at the museum.


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