Mary Gregg Byrne is an internationally recognized watercolor artist residing in Bellingham, Washington.
She is best known for her still lifes of reflection and transparency and her children’s book illustrations. She also paints in oils, does drawings in pen and pencil, teaches classes, and is a participant in the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour.
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Autobiography / Artist Statement
I was born in Oberlin, Ohio in 1951 and grew up in the Midwest. As a child, I loved to draw. My Grandmother Lindley was a talented artist and my mother encouraged my efforts, thinking she saw her own mother’s abilities in her child. I was taken to classes and supplied with art materials.
I enrolled in Occidental College, and entered my rebel phase. Though I studied art with Howard Hanson, I decided to become a biologist. After two years, I took a break from school to investigate various crafts (pottery, photography, weaving…). I worked in a doll hospital and museum, made pottery and traveled around the country.
I returned to school at U.C. Santa Cruz to study marine algology. Discovering I had no particular talent in the field, I returned to fine art at the University of Oregon and finished a B.F.A. degree in printmaking. Laverne Krause was my professor.
In 1975, I moved to Bellingham WA. I worked for several years as a scrimshander (engraving drawings on ivory) for Alaskan Silver & Ivory Company and free-lance.