Keeping Howard Pyle’s Memory Alive



There are some who may have not heard the name Howard Pyle even though he was one of the most influential artists in America. His paintings were the inspiration for the costumes in Pirates of the Caribbean and his most famous student N.C. Wyeth would become world renown for his illustrations of Treasure Island . N.C. son Andrew Wyeth would become one of the most famous American painters of the 20th century and N.C.’ grandson James Wyeth would continue the Pyle legacy to this day. Several of Pyle’s other students, Frank Schoonover and Harvey Dunn would also become renowned illustrators and teachers. More on Schoonover in the next post!



Howard Pyle. The Mermaid. 1910

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour Pyle’s studio as well as the studios used by his students. Pyle taught for free but demanded hard work. He bought the property after the publication of Robin Hood, written and illustrated by him, and built a studio for himself and adjoining studios for his students. These studios are still being used as art studios today. After Pyle died in 1911, the studios were purchased by Stanley Arthurs and Clifford Ashley, both Pyle students. They made several changes during their ownership but the studio still looks much as it did when Pyle was alive.



Howard Pyle Studio

The current owners, The Studio Group, began using the property when one of it’s members, Ellen Wheelwright, purchased the property for the groups use. The Studio group purchase the property in 1964 from the Wheelwright estate and has maintained the property ever since. The Howard Pyle studios is a treasure of American Art. It is possible to tour the studio today. If you are interested in touring the studio while in Wilmington I have included their contact information below.


Howard Pyle Studio
1305 N. Franklin Street
Wilmington, DE

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I am happy to announce that “il Foro”, my painting of the Forum in Rome, has been selected for the OPOMAC Show opening May 12th. The Old Post Office Museum and Art Center is located in Graham, Texas. Here is a link to their website if you would like to visit.


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

A lot of news for the website. I will now be offering selected small works for sale directly on the website. I have included a link at the bottom of the page. Please be sure to check back often new paintings as they become available. I am also sending out a quarterly newsletter. To sign up please visit

I hope everyone had a great holiday and is looking forward to 2017!

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Last Painting of 2016

Last Painting of 2016 Plein Air 2016

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It is not snowing yet where I am in North Carolina but I am looking forward to it. Here are some quickie snow paintings I completed in the studio as I look forward to snow days to come.  15380821_10155215969035663_2393070369205707328_n 15727274_10155265127155663_1834868850653785599_n

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Newsletter 1.0




Denis Byrd Studios 

News from the Artist’s Studio 

Falling Light. 9×12 Oil on Canvas

The Studio Store is now open! You may now purchase select works directly from the website. Keep coming back as new work will be added regularly.

Wyeth Country. 11x14
Wyeth Country. 11X14. Oil on Linen

The Forum. 9×12. Oil on Panel

NAEA Member Show.

Wyeth Country was accepted into the National Art Educators Association Show in Alexandria, Virginia. It will be on display through April at the NAEA headquarters.

The Renaissance Podcast

The Renaissance podcast is going strong with over 10,000 downloads per episode. After taking a break in November to regroup from an intense series on Michelangelo and Savonarola. New episodes will return in December discussing Andrea del Sarto an Giorgio Vasari.

ongoing and upcoming events

National Art Educators Member Exhibition
NAEA Studio & Gallery located in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, from October 1, 2016 – April 21, 2017.

Guilford County Schools Faculty Show


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Tour of Italy

11009207_10153695141975663_3277792411957683305_nI will be leading a tour of Italy in June of 2017.  Below is more information about where we are going and how to sign up. Ciao!

Italy Tour Information

Tour ID: DBYRD2017

To register Italy 2017

Departs: June 20th, 2017

  • Internal Transit  
    Boatbus to/from the airport on Days 1-2.
    Round-trip water bus to St. Mark’s Square on
    Day 3. Water bus on Day 4. Airport departure
    transfer on Day 9.
  • Days 1-2: Arrival Venice
  • Day 3: Venice
    Venice Guided Walking Tour: Glass workshop
  • Day 4: Venice – Florence
    Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua
  • Day 5: Florence
    Florence city sightseeing: Local Guide,
    Accademia, Cathedral of Florence (nave),
    Santa Croce, Leonardo’s Leather Workshop
    Excursion to Pisa: Pisa’s Duomo, Camposanto
    Cemetery and Baptistry
  • Day 6: Florence – Rome  
    Local Guide in Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis,
    Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels
  • Day 7: Rome
    Rome City Sightseeing: One-day public
    transportation pass in Rome, Local Guide,
    Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill,
    Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s
    Basilica, Piazza Navona, Pantheon
    Optional ($50) Dinner with music
  • Day 8: Rome
    Optional ($195) Excursion to Pompeii and
    Herculaneum: Local Guide
    Optional ($55) Gladiator School
  • Day 9: Departure
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Plein Air Workshop

A little bit of color webHere is a link to an article on the upcoming workshop.


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The Renaissance YouTube Channel

The podcast now has a YouTube channel. Here is a brief look at some of the work we discuss during the podcast. I am working on adding each episode with appropriate slides for those who would like to follow along visually as they listed. In the meantime enjoy this brief introduction.

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Artsy – Online Resource

d7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront.netHere is a very interesting new art resource I have discovered. I say new because it is new to me but I have been fascinated with the site and exploring the various artists. Here is a link to their page on Vermeer. Enjoy!


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