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Mary Whyte American Watercolor Artist

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More Than a Likeness

NEW BOOK RELEASE!

The University of South Carolina Press releases a 248-page biography on Mary Whyte titled, More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary WhyteWritten by Martha R. Severens, esteemed author and former curator of the Greenville County Museum of Art.  The biography features Whyte’s works spanning 50 years, from childhood to present day.  A stunning art book featuring over 200 images of Mary Whyte’s paintings and drawings.  Art historian Martha Severens clearly and eloquently illustrates how Whyte’s art has been shaped and how the artist forged her own place in the world today.

Published by The University of South Carolina Press
Author Martha R. Severens
248-pages
12 x 9 inches
Over 200 images

$75

Down Bohicket Road

The 152-page book written by Mary Whyte and published by University of South Carolina Press includes two decades' worth of Whyte's watercolors depicting a select group of Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, and their stories. Descendants of lowcountry slaves, these longtime residents of the island influenced Whyte's life and art in astonishing and unexpected ways. Whyte has devoted twenty years to painting the Gullah culture and its remarkable women, resulting in a series of watercolors that would change her life and artistic focus. For anyone who has loved the South, Down Bohicket Road is a rich, visual tribute to friendship that crosses cultural and racial borders and reaches straight to the heart. Get your autographed copy today!

“The extraordinary work of Mary Whyte, who could easily be named the first visual poet laureate of South Carolina, is astonishing on the very face of it. When I grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, Ruby Ellis Hryharrow, a friend’s mother, was known as the best watercolorist in town. The artists of those early times formed a club of their own, but Mary Whyte’s work is in a league of her own. She is painting a South Carolina I thought only a poet or novelist could create. Mary Whyte has made South Carolina a kingdom of her own, and my God, this woman can write and paint.” 
-- Pat Conroy, Southern Writer
$49.95

Working South

FEATURED ON CBS SUNDAY MORNING

In Working South, renowned watercolorist Mary Whyte captures in exquisite detail the essence of vanishing blue-collar professions from across ten states in the American South with sensitivity and reverence for her subjects. From the textile mill worker and tobacco farmer to the sponge diver and elevator operator, Whyte has sought out some of the last remnants of rural and industrial workforces declining or altogether lost through changes in our economy, environment, technology, and fashion. She shows us a shoeshine man, a hat maker, an oysterman, a shrimper, a ferryman, a funeral band, and others to document that these workers existed and in a bygone era were once ubiquitous across the region. Get your autographed copy today!

$49.95

Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor

Using clear and concise language and in-depth, step-by-step demonstrations, author and renowned artist Mary Whyte guides beginning and intermediate watercolorists through the entire painting process, from selecting materials to fundamental techniques to working with models.  Going beyond the practical application of techniques, Whyte helps new artists learn to capture not just the model’s physical likeness but their unique personality and spirit. Read the 5 star review

$24.99

ALFREDA’S WORLD

2005, Paper-back
(Only a Few Still Available – Out of Print)

Artist Mary Whyte moved with her husband to a small South Carolina barrier island ten years ago, and quite by accident met a group of senior citizens who were making quilts in a small abandoned church. Longtime residents of Johns Island and descendants of slaves, this extraordinary group of African American women welcomed Whyte to their community and changed her life and paintings in astonishing and unexpected ways.

Chronicled in dialogue and images are the Gullah way of life and the evolution of an incredible friendship between the artist and Alfreda LaBoard, who became the subject of many of Whyte's paintings. Whyte uses the watercolor medium to produce rich dark tones and textures. Her combination of tightly controlled brush strokes and loose broad sweeps of washes, coupled with contrasts of light and dark, produce a level of intensity not usually associated with watercolor.

$100