My concern as an artist has been in the observation of line, light, color and movement in the routines of daily life and then to translate that moment into a visual statement. Daily common iconography holds enduring interest for my inspiration. By elevating the ordinary, heralding the common place, I attempt to notice and chronicle this extraordinary
life. With each day I try to grow and remember to just do the work and allow it to lead me.
Mary Lee Rybar is a painter, printmaker and lifelong student of making things. Attending Kent State University and the American School of Paris 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 unique and handmade, 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 instruction of Chester Arnold, she has worked with designers, galleries and retailers. She continues to attend workshops and residencies and is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in Printmaking. Her work has been exhibited with Williams-Sonoma, Gump’s of San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Marin MOCA and Hall's of Kansas City. She is now grounded and devoted to making art from her bucolic studios in Sonoma, California. Mary Lee continues to use everything as a foundation for an artful life.