Dorchester Road Regional Library - In honor of Veterans Day, artist Mary Whyte talks about her book, “We the People,” a collection of her portraits of veterans around the country. Publisher University of South Carolina Press says Whyte’s portrait of America includes “individuals from many walks of life, some still active duty, and from every branch: women and men, old and young, and from a wide swath of ethnicities, befitting our glorious melting pot. From a mayor to an astronaut, from a teacher to a garbage collector, from a business entrepreneur to someone who is homeless, Whyte renders their unique and exceptional lives with great care and gentle brush strokes. "We the People" is not only a tour across and through these vast United States, it is a tour through the heart and soul, the duty and the commitment, of the people who protect not only our Constitution and our country, but our very lives.”

Mary Whyte is an artist and author whose watercolor paintings have earned international recognition. Her works have been exhibited nationally, as well as in China, and have been featured in numerous publications stateside and in France, Germany, Russia, Canada, China, the United Kingdom and Taiwan. Whyte is the author of two books published by the University of South Carolina Press — "Working South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte" and "Down Bohicket Road: An Artist's Journey." She is also the author of "Alfreda's World," "Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolor," "An Artist's Way of Seeing," and "Watercolor for the Serious Beginner." Whyte is the recipient of the Portrait Society of America’s Gold Medal and the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, South Carolina’s highest honor in the arts.

During this program, Whyte will discuss her work, take questions from the audience and sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase. All royalties will benefit the Patriot Art Foundation.