A cum laude graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Mary Whyte’s path has always led her firmly in the direction of creativity, both in teaching and her own masterful paintings. Known for her figurative work in watercolors, Whyte’s talent has taken her to international acclaim, with pieces in private, corporate, university and public collections nationwide, as well as inclusion in museum exhibits across the globe.
Whyte has authored seven books, and her work has been featured in multiple media outlets as well as numerous international publications throughout Europe, Asia and Canada. Additionally, she has been awarded the Portrait Society of America’s Gold Medal, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation’s Freedom Award and the South Carolina Governor’s Award for the Arts. She founded the Patriot Art Foundation in 2019 and received the 2020 National DAR Medal of Honor, the 2020 NSDAR Women in the Arts Award and an honorary doctorate degree from Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 2021. Her current exhibition, called We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America, is on view at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Additional works can be seen by appointment at her Charleston studio.