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art by Mary Whyte
Published: Aug 13 2013
Published: Aug 1 2013
Published: Aug 1 2013
The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of
Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections as well as in the permanent collections of South Carolina's Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Whyte's work has been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, American Art Collector, L'Art de l'Aquarelle, and many other publications. Whyte is the author of two books published by the University of South Carolina Press—Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte and Down Bohicket Road: An Artist's Journey. She is also the author of Alfreda's World, Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor, An Artist's Way of Seeing, and Watercolor for the Serious Beginner. Whyte's work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston. In 2013 Whyte was awarded the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award, South Carolina's highest award in the arts.
Martha R. Severens, an art historian, served as curator of the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, and the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. She has published studies of Charles Fraser, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Andrew Wyeth, Greenville's Southern Collection, and the Charleston Renaissance.
"This volume is a visual reminder of all that Mary Whyte has accomplished in her career. From the quilters at the Hebron Zion St. Francis Senior Center on Johns Island to political leaders and professional luminaries, Mary lovingly paints her figures as if they were all her close personal friends. She captures the soul of the South, and its people, like few artists can."—Angela D. Mack, Executive Director, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
"More Than a Likeness leaves no doubt that Mary Whyte is a master of color and composition. She uses both to create environments where her subjects celebrate life and, through them, she implores us to appreciate the joy of living."—Leo Twiggs, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Honorable Mention, Art category, 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Awards
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