Michele Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work. She lives and works in Reading, Pennsylvania. However, she travels extensively, painting in various locations including, Manhattan, Paris, California, Colorado and Key West, Florida. Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual PleinAir Convention in Monterey, CA in April of 2014.
Byrne has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including most recently Peoples Choice Award and Third Place at the Forgotten Coast Quick Draw and 2nd Prize in the Urban Life Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York in February of 2015.
Painting in plein air is not just a passion for Michele it is a dedication.
The artist must make decisions about time of day, direction of light and inclusion of figures despite that in front of you everything is changing.
The decisions allow the artist to paint dynamically with light and air as a part of the final image.