ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO

In 2004 after years of painting in the studio I went outdoors to paint the landscape. This simple act of going outdoors to paint for the next fourteen years had a major effect on my work and my focus.

These  years of painting en plein air have changed the way I make paintings, the way I experience the landscape and the reason I paint.

The focus of my work is to paint the experience of the world from an authentic place.  The process to this place was a long one. After a substantial amount of practice in the field I was able paint outdoors and successfully execute paintings that were closer to my inner vision.

My work is painted alla prima. I usually finish a painting in one outdoor session. My aim is to capture the feeling,  mood, and light as simply as possible. I work with a limited palette and a sketchbook. In my sketchbook I mentally plan the painting by drawing before I pick up my brush. I paint in a direct, fresh, loose manner that is the result of thoughtfully chosen brushstrokes. Color relationships, design and mood  are important in my work.  My objective is to paint fresh, loose, understated paintings that invite the viewer to  experience the feeling of a moment, mood or place.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Third Place, Cape Ann Quick Draw, Cape Ann, MA 2016(non juried category)

Honorable Mention, Castine Plein Air, Castine,Maine 2016

Second Place, Ocean Park Plein Air, Ocean Park, Maine 2014

First Place, Castine Plein Air, Castine, Maine 2013

Lousie Demeter Memorial Award, North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA 2011

Southwest Art Magazine, Finalist, Emerging Artist,“21 over 31”, 2010

Third Place, Art Guild of the Kennebunks, Summer Show, 2010

Jurors Honorable Mention, “Exhibit A” Group Show, Franklin Pierce, Concord, NH, 2008

Jurors Choice Award, “Exhibit A” Group Show, Franklin Pierce, Concord, NH, 2007

Jurors Honorable Mention, “Exhibit A” Group Show, Franklin Pierce, Concord, NH, 2007

Viewers Choice Award, “Exhibit A” Group Show, Franklin Pierce, Concord, NH, 2007

Viewers Choice Award, “Exhibit A” Group Show, Franklin Pierce, Concord, NH, 2006

First Place, International Packaging Design, for Lindt Inc., Stratham, NH, 1995

First Place Sculpture, Professional Division, Cranes Beach, Ipswich, MA, 1994

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Circle the Pond, Artist in Residence Exhibition, 2014

Portland Show House, Artist in Residence Exhibition, 2014

Maine State House, Speaker of the House Exhibition, 2013, 2014

Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 2013, 2014

Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2006, 2008, 2014

Falmouth ME, Artist in Residence Exhibition, 2012

Kenneth Roberts Estate, Kennebunkport, ME, Artist in Residence Exhibition, 2012

Galleria Fine Arte, Stowe, VT, 2011, 2012

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words Gallery, Exeter, NH, 2010, 2015, 2016

LACA Gallery, New Market, NH, 2008

International Art Festival, Gothenberg, Sweden, 2007

Galleri Hiris, Gothenberg, Sweden, 2006

The Portsmouth Collection, Portsmouth, NH, 1988, 1989, 1992

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

Circle the Pond, South Berwick, ME 2014

Portland Show House, Manderly, Portland, ME 2014

Beachmere Inn, Ogunquit, ME 2013 ~ 2017

The Hartwell House, Ogunquit, ME 2013 ~2017

Falmouth Show House, Falmouth, ME 2013

Kenneth Roberts Estate, Kennebunkport, ME 2012

10th Victorian Tea, North Parsonsfield, ME 2013, 2015

Annual ParSem Day, North Parsonsfield, ME 2011 ~ 2014

MEDIA &  REVIEWS

Plein Air Magazine, “No Ceilings Please” 2017

Plein Air Magazine, “Extreme Painting”, 2014

Plein Air Magazine, Out Door Painter “Maine Artist Mary Byrom” 2013

Portland Press Herald, “Artist Mary Byrom captures the always changing natural world” 2013

Plein Air Magazine, “Extreme Painting”, 2011

Southwest Art, “21 over 31”, 2010

Portsmouth Herald, “Silence And Solitude” 2008

Epoch Times, “Painting the Landscape”,  2007

Sound of Hope, Epoch Media, TV 1 hr. 2006

“Mary Byrom, Plein Air Painter”,
Portsmouth Herald, 2006

“Balancing Act”, 
Portsmouth Herald, 2006

Vermont Public Television, 1984, “Vermont Artists”

SELECTED INVITATIONAL AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Acadia National Park 100th Anniversary Exhibition, Augusta, Maine 2015-2016

Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill, ME 2014~2017

Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME 2014

Beth Ellis Cove Gallery, Ogunquit, ME 2013

Castine Plein Air, Castine, ME 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Ocean Park Plein Air, Ocean Park, ME 2014, 2015, 2017

Castle Hill,  Trustees of Reservations, Ipswich, MA 2013 – 2017

South and Maine, Coco Vivo, Boothbay, Maine 2013

Galleria Fine Arte’, Stowe, VT, 2011~ 2014

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT Plein Air Show, 2012

Vermont Plein Air, North Bennington, VT, 2010 ~ 2012

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, Impressions of New England, 2012

American Impressionist Society, Carmel, CA, National Show 2011

North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA, 2011, 2012

Maine Art Gallery, Kennebunk, ME, Plein Air, 2009~ 2011

North Light Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME, 2010

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Cape Elizabeth, ME, Paint for Preservation, 2009, 2010

Pierce Law Regional Show, Concord, NH,  2006 ~ 2008

100 Market, Portsmouth, NH, 2006 ~ 2008

Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH, 2006 ~ 2017

REPRESENTATION

Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Bluehill, ME

Mast Cove Gallery, Kennebunkport, ME

Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Impressionist Society,  2011

North Shore Art Assoc. 2011

Plein Air Painters of Maine 2006 ~2018

2 thoughts on “ARTIST STATEMENT & BIO

  1. We saw your work in Blue Hill, and enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you Jack!

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