BYER, Maureen (nee Marshall)
BYER, Maureen (nee Marshall) - Multi-Media Artist April 21, 1938 - September 24, 2017 Throughout her life in Kingston, Maureen has been a passionate microbiologist at Kingston General Hospital, teacher at St. Lawrence College, gardener, friend and artist. Her creative trajectory started with rug hooking, which developed her own wool and other materials! After retirement, Maureen and a small group of friends started painting together. Initially Maureen specialized in pastels and oils. Through hard work and determination, she honed her sense of perspective and developed a greater level of confidence. During this time, Maureen went on several trips where she took photos which became the basis of several outstanding series of paintings. Finally, Maureen began a new process of intricate art involving stretching silk and painting a background upon it in silk dyes. When the paint is dry, Maureen intricately stitches landscapes into the silk over the background. The results are outstanding; her piece, “The Tangled Garden” based on a famous Canadian painting, is stunning. Maureen was humbled and delighted to have been chosen to be featured artist at the Needle Art Fair on September 30, 2017 and October 1, 2017.