Michele Byrne received a B.F.A. from Kutztown University and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Arts. After working 20 years as a graphic designer, she turned to painting full time in 2001, and began plein air painting in 2006.
Byrne, who paints primarily in oils, most often explores the theme The Art of Conversation, painting cafés, street scenes, musicians, or any social situation where people gather to converse. She has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work, and was featured on the January 2020 cover of PleinAir Magazine with an eight-page article titled “Adventures with a Palette Knife.”
Byrne moved to Santa Fe, NM, in 2020 and now incorporates her palette knife techniques into the Southwest colors of street scenes and landscapes.
Liliedahl Productions has released three instructional videos of Michele’s palette knife techniques. The most recent one is titled PALETTE KNIFE CITYSCAPES.
Michele is a member of the Oil Painters of America, RMPAP, the Salmagundi Club of NYC, the PAPNM as well as a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society. She is proud to be an Artist Ambassador for Royal Talens North America.
2017 Grand Teton National Park Museum, Permanent Collection, Jackson Hole, WY
2015 Mennello Museum of American Art, Private Collection, Orlando FL
2012 The Bennington – purchased “Paper Mill Bridge” Permanent Collection, Bennington VT
Acosta Strong Gallery, 200 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM
James R. Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN
Reinert Fine Art – 179 King Street, Charleston, SC
Gallery 222 – Malvern, PA
Memberships and Affiliations:
Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, Member of PAPNM (Plein Air Painters of New Mexico), Oil Painters of American, RMPAP, Artists’ Fellowship, Inc., Salmagundi Club, NYC