Daily common iconography is my inspiration as a visual artist. I chronicle my own experiences and reactions to the nature of things. I value the intuitive process to push the boundaries of conventional materials and themes- wild and wide, small and subtle. My guiding principal is to follow my source of curiosity, do the work and allow that to inform the next step.
Mary Lee Rybar is a painter, printmaker and lifelong student of the culinary arts and making things. Born in a Western Pennsylvania steel town surrounded by family, friends and nature, aesthetic sensibilities were brewing. Attending Kent State University and the American School of Paris, graduating with a BA in English, she traveled, taught and worked as a flight attendant. This afforded her extensive opportunities for photographic essay, tasting different cultures and observations on the human condition under all kinds of circumstances. As an adjunct to her airline career and family life, she started Hunter Designs, producing custom hand painted textiles for a small stable of retailers. Sparked with an appreciation of all things“of the hand”, her work ranges from abstract and representational paintings, printmaking and sculpture. Influenced deeply by the print work of Nathan Oliveira, the color language of Wolfe Kahn, the writings of Robert Henri and the teaching of College of Marin instructor, Chester Arnold, she has worked with designers, galleries and retailers throughout the years. She maintains a printmaking studio at the Grove Street Studios in Sonoma and a home site painting studio. Mary Lee continues to use everything as a foundation for an artful life.