May 26, 2013

Artist Mary Byrom captures the always changing natural world

Mary Byrom is a leader among Maine painters who brave any weather, year-round, to capture the always changing natural world.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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“Marsh Islands,” by Mary Byrom

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“Mothers Beach,” by Mary Byrom

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When Byrom arrived home from that workshop, her husband met her at the airport. "I'm going out," she told him when they got into the car, asking him to take her to the York River.

She needed to paint -- before she got home, before she unpacked. She had to get out in the environment and apply what she had learned, and did not want to wait until the next day.

Since then, Byrom's career has soared. She makes hundreds of paintings a year, and leads workshops and classes to share her knowledge with other painters.

Among her fans is Mark Eves, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. He lives in North Berwick, and has filled his State House office with her work.

Eves has known Byrom and her husband for a few years as constituents. He stopped in to her home studio while visiting the couple at their house. He had just been sworn in as House speaker, and suggested to Byrom that her art would look good in his office.

"I said, 'If you would ever want your paintings hung in Augusta, I'd be honored to hang them in the speaker's office.' We have a lot of meetings; it's great exposure for her great work. They're beautiful, and people are drawn to them," Eves said. "They are iconic images of Maine, and it's a great way to get people to talk about Maine through her work. They're a great conversational piece."

Byrom loves sharing her work and her knowledge. While she appreciates painting without interruption, she sees herself as something of an art ambassador. She almost always makes time to talk to people about what she is doing when she is on location.

"They think it's astounding. They are like, 'Wow, what are you doing?' And they bring their children over to watch," she said. "I talk to them. I think it's a great educational opportunity.

"People are just another element. They are just one more thing I have to take into account when I am out here working."

 

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“Salt Meadow” by Mary Byrom

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“Storm Surf,” an oil painting by Byrom, who makes hundreds of paintings a year.

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Mary Byrom paints near Ogunquit’s Footbridge Beach on a recent morning. A dedicated plein air artist – one of a hardy group who enjoys working outdoors – Byrom likes the challenge of painting in all weather conditions. She says plein air work has made her more observant and has forced her to learn to paint quickly.

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Mary Byrom says that although she appreciates painting without interruption, she sees herself as something of an art ambassador and takes time to talk to people who have questions about what she is doing when she is on location.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

  


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