Cecily Byk is a New Jersey-based watercolorist, illustrator and art instructor.

Born in Dallas, Texas, she moved at age 11 with her family to Kailua on the island of Oahu. She grew up there and at other areas in Hawaii, where she attended Hawaii Loa College in Honolulu. Returning to the United States, Byk lived in New Jersey, eventually moving to Brooklyn to attend Pratt Institute, where she majored in illustration and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

In the mid-1990s, Byk embarked on a career as a professional illustrator and portrait artist, working in oils, watercolor, pencil and charcoal with a focus on fantasy, floral and figure painting. In 2009, her work was seen in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, at the annual member's show of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. She has exhibited throughout New Jersey in shows by the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Northeast Watercolor Society. She is also represented in private collections.

In addition to creating banners, ads and catalog illustrations for the Girl Scouts, Byk has illustrated several books by Margie Bissinger. In 2003, she began teaching drawing and watercolor painting to beginning and experienced artists in classroom and private settings, including her "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" classes.

An associate member of the American Watercolor Society, she is also a member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society and the Northeast Watercolor Society.


1990      Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, B.F.A

Recent Exhibitions:

2010      68th Annual Open Show - N.J. Watercolor Society

2010      41st Annual Juried Art Show Garden State Watercolor Society

2009      40th Annual Juried Art Show Garden State Watercolor Society

2009      50th Annual Members Juried Art Show Philadelphia Watercolor Society

2008      39th Annual Juried Art Show Garden State Watercolor Society

2006      Faculty Show - Morris County Art Association

Recent Awards:

2011 - NJWCS for an associate member

2010 - GSWS - Dagmar Tribble Award

2009 - GSWS Johnson and Johnson One Person Show

Selected Commissions List:

Exercise Book Physical Therapy, Bissinger Watercolor

Girl Scouts of America National Girl Scout Manual - Children of all Ages Watercolor

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1892) Reproduction, Sargent, Oils

Portrait of Children - Pastel

Lighthouses Watercolor

Wall Murals Ocean View and Wolves - both Acrylic

Corporate Logo and Marketing Materials, Algorythmic, Watermedia

Beast Watercolor

In a Day watercolor

Lost Girl watercolor

Tom Washington watercolor

Friends watercolor


2013                  Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Drawing and Painting, All Levels

2013 - 2010      Painting Workshops and Teacher Enrichment

2012 - 1999      Private Lessons Drawing and Watercolor

2011 - 2005      Intermediate Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain pencil, color

2011 - 2004      Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor

2011 - 2003      Adult School of the Chathams, Madison, and Florham Park

2011 - 2003      Morris County Art Association Beginning - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
                           pencil, charcoal, brush and ink

Recent Works:

Wisteria - watercolor

Water Lilies watercolor

Window watercolor

Dreamer watercolor

Maine Coon graphite

X - watercolor

Art Association Memberships:

Garden State Watercolor Society - Member

New Jersey Watercolor Society - Associate

National Watercolor Society - Associate