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Mary Whyte Biography (1953-)


Mary Whyte once remarked: "Art has always been a major focus of my life. I sold my first drawing when I was fourteen years old and had my first solo art exhibition when I was sixteen. My husband and I have an art gallery, Coleman Fine Art, located in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina.

"I illustrated my first children's book, Boomer's Big Day, in 1994. The book, a collaborative effort with author Constance W. McGeorge, was inspired by my golden retriever, Boomer. The book prompted the sequel Boomer Goes to School, and since then Boomer and I have made many delightful visits to schools and bookstores.

"I live on a barrier island, and from my studio, I can hear owls and the faint sound of the ocean. I generally spend forty hours per week in my studio, illustrating books, painting portraits, and writing for artists' magazines. Boomer is always by my side, either under the drawing table asleep or jangling his leash to tell me it's time for a walk on the beach."

Biographical and Critical Sources


American Artist, July, 2000, Mary Whyte, "Skin Deep," p. 28.

Booklist, July, 1994, pp. 1955-1956; January 1, 1996, pp. 847-848; April 15, 1996, p. 1446; October 15, 1996, p. 436; May 1, 1999, Lauren Peterson, review of Boomer's Big Surprise, p. 1600; July, 2003, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of A Box of Friends, p. 1898.

Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 1996, p. 450.

Publishers Weekly, April 29, 1996, p. 74; September 16, 1996, p. 82; January 29, 2001, review of Mama's Way, p. 89.

School Library Journal, July, 1996, p. 68; March, 2001, Rosalyn Pierini, review of Mama's Way, p. 214; September, 2003, Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, review of A Box of Friends, p. 189.


Coleman Fine Art, http://www.colemanfineart.com/ (August 24, 2002).*

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Brief BiographiesBiographies: Carlos Watson Biography - Was a Student Journalist to Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) BiographyMary Whyte (1953-) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights