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. The Gold Medal is the highest
honor awarded by the Portrait Society. Ms. Whyte
has 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 Whyte presents her watercolor paintings in
museum exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. In
the United States, the groundbreaking exhibition Working South was
featured on CBS Sunday Morning©. Whyte’s works exhibiting internationally include the China and
Foreign Countries International Watercolour Summit at the Nanning Art
Gallery in Nanning, China, in which Mary was one of ten watercolor artists
of the world invited, and The World Watermedia Exposition in Thailand.
Mary teaches watercolor classes around the world and is the author of six
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.
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