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More Than a Likeness

The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte

More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte is the first comprehensive book on the life and work of one of today's most renowned watercolorists. From Whyte's earliest paintings in rural Ohio and Pennsylvania, to the riveting portraits of her southern neighbors, historian Martha R. Severens provides us with an intimate look into the artist's private world.

With more than two hundred full-color images of Whyte's paintings and sketches, as well as comparison works by masters such as Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyeth, and John Singer Sargent, Severens clearly illustrates how Whyte's art has been shaped and how the artist forged her own place in the world today.

Though Whyte's academic training in Philadelphia was in oil painting, she learned the art of watercolor on her own—by studying masterworks in museums. Today Whyte's style of watercolor painting is a unique blend of classical realism and contemporary vision, as seen in her intimate portraits of Southern blue-collar workers and elderly African American women in the South Carolina lowcountry.

"For me ideas are more plentiful than the hours to paint them, and I worry that I cannot get to all of my thoughts before they are forgotten or are pushed aside by more pressing concerns," explains Whyte. "Some works take time to evolve. Like small seeds the paintings might not come to fruition until several years later, after there has been ample time for germination."

Using broad sweeping washes as well as miniscule brushstrokes, Whyte directs the viewer's attention to the areas in her paintings she deems most important. Murky passages of neutral colors often give way to areas of intense detail and color, giving the works a variety of edges and poetic focus. Several paintings included in the book are accompanied by enlarged areas of detail, showcasing Whyte's technical mastery.

More Than a Likeness is replete with engaging artwork and inspiring text that mark the mid-point in Whyte's artistry. Of what she will paint in the future, the artist says, "I have always believed that as artists we don't choose our vocation, style, or subject matter. Art chooses us."


"More Than a Likeness leaves no doubt that Mary Whyte is a master of color and composition. She uses both to create environments where her subjects celebrate life and, through them, she implores us to appreciate the joy of living."—Leo Twiggs, Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina
"This volume is a visual reminder of all that Mary Whyte has accomplished in her career. From the quilters at the Hebron Zion St. Francis Senior Center on Johns Island to political leaders and professional luminaries, Mary lovingly paints her figures as if they were all her close personal friends. She captures the soul of the South, and its people, like few artists can."—Angela D. Mack, Executive Director, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

9781611172768 : more-than-a-likeness-whyte-severens
February 4, 2019
$60.00 USD

Other Titles by Mary Whyte

Down Bohicket Road

Mary Whyte, foreword by Angela D. Mack
Nov 2012 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Working South

Mary Whyte
Jan 2011 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback
$29.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles by Martha R. Severens

Scenic Impressions

Estill Curtis Pennington, Martha R. Severens, foreword by Kevin Sharp
Nov 2015 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.95 USD - Hardback

From New York to Nebo

Martha R. Severens
Aug 2014 - University of South Carolina Press
$34.95 USD - Hardback

The Miniature Portrait Collection of the South Carolina Art Association

Martha R. Severens, edited by Charles L. Wyrick
Feb 2014 - UNKXH
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles from Non Series

The South Carolina State Fair

Rodger E. Stroup, Sr.
Sep 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$29.99 USD - Hardback

Writing South Carolina

Sep 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$14.99 USD - Paperback / softback

A History of Columbia Theological Seminary

Erskine Clarke
Aug 2019 - University of South Carolina Press
$49.99 USD - Hardback

Other Titles in ART / Individual Artists / Monographs

Trisha Brown

Susan Rosenberg
Nov 2016 - Wesleyan University Press
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$110.00 USD - Hardback
$27.99 USD - Electronic book text

Rare Light

edited by Anne E. Dawson
Mar 2016 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$22.99 USD - Electronic book text

Night's Dancer

Yaël Tamar Lewin, Janet Collins
Aug 2015 - Wesleyan University Press
$37.00 USD - Hardback
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback