Byrne’s impressionistic palette knife paintings depict the art of conversation, each piece telling a unique figurative story as she draws your attention and carries it through the piece using bold strokes of a brush or knife. The past few years she has been using predominately palette knife in her work and her style has evolved with more energy, color and movement.
Michele travels extensively, painting plein air in various locations across the United States, France and Cuba.
Michele was a Faculty Demonstrator for the Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, California in April of 2014. She is a nominated member of the Salmagundi Club in NYC, Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Impressionists Society.
An important part of Byrne’s travel itinerary includes teaching multiple day workshops with two primary focuses. The first is PAINTING WITH A PALETTE KNIFE where Michele teaches how to use a palette knife to create bold and impressionistic paintings – emphasizing design, value and composition to tell a story.
Her second area of concentration is on FIGURES – how to add figures to landscapes or cityscapes in a loose and fluid style.
As a Royal Talens Art Ambassador, Michele uses the following products:
- Cobra Solvent Free Oils: I love using the Cobra paints! I travel extensively and they are so easy to use since no solvents are
required. When I am not traveling I paint in a studio attached to my home. I was always concerned with toxic substances in my home since my mother had quite a few bouts with cancer (which she has survived). This fact encouraged
me to try the solvent free oils four years ago and I truly love the rich buttery quality of the paint. The paint works excellent with my palette knife technique!!!
- Royal Talens Paint Carrier: This is a new wonderful addition to my plein air painting gear. It is so easy to find the correct color while I’m outdoors painting because I keep the paints in the order that they are on my palette. I can hook it on a fence or whatever is around me.