Mary Whyte

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Mary Whyte is an American watercolor artist receiving international recognition for her watercolor paintings of contemporary realism and portraiture. In 2016 the Portrait Society of America chose Mary Whyte as the recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal. Whyte has also been awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission’s prestigious Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor for an artist given by the state of South Carolina.

Mary teaches watercolor classes around the world and is the author of five nonfiction books published about her life, work, and artist instruction. A biography written about Mary titled, More Than A Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte, written by art curator and historian, Martha R. Severens, has also been celebrated in museum exhibitions.

Whyte has published her art in several books, including Down Bohicket Road, exploring a community of Gullah women on Johns Island, SC; Working South, capturing vanishing blue-collar professions in ten states in the American south, fromtextile mill worker to elevator operator; and Alfreda's World, depicting a small South Carolina barrier island and the Gullah way of life there, as well as the artist's friendship with Alfreda LaBoard, subject of many of Whyte's paintings.
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