About

My photography: When I try to describe my photography, I find the words fly away from me as quickly as the perfect moment of light on a scene. The subjects are universal – nature, travel and life. I try to find the essence of three dimensions and put it into two dimensions. It is not easy, and that keeps me going.

My images have appeared in gallery shows in New Mexico and Washington (see list below).

Mary Lee Dereske

I market my images on the internet, finding this the best way to reach a global audience. I am grateful to the people in the USA, UK, Canada, Vienna, Italy, Australia and Argentina who have supported me. It is humbling to know my images have spoken to others in some way.

In 2018 I published a short run of the photo book Trees Are My Muse-A Tale of Love and Friendship, which sold across the USA. “Trees,” along with the photo book A Walk in the Village (The Placitas Project) were both shown at the November 2018 Placitas Artist Series in New Mexico.There is just something about a book. Books take you on a journey. I hope I never quit finding inspiration to create them.

Personal: I am grateful to everyone who has encouraged me, and fellow artists who have shared their wisdom and insights with me. None of us go it alone.

I live in New Mexico, a land of wide open spaces, blue skies, mountains, deserts and summers that are sometimes too hot. I grew up in Michigan, a land of clear waters, green forests, lakeshores, sand dunes and winters that are sometimes too gray. I love them both.


Juried Shows and Exhibits

  • 2020:
    • April Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Albuquerque NM
  • 2019:
    • March-May Jansen Art Center 2019 Spring Juried Exhibit, Lynden WA
  • 2018:
    • December: Shades of Gray All Black and White Show, Albuquerque NM
    • Autumn: St. John’s Gallery Autumn All Media Show, Albuquerque, NM
    • November: Placitas Artist Series, Placitas NM
  • 2016:
    • December: Shades of Gray All Black and White Show, Albuquerque NM
    • Winter: St. John’s Gallery Things With Wings Art Show, Albuquerque NM
    • Summer: St. John’s Gallery All Media Show, Albuquerque NM
    • INSIGHT Women’s Photography Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
    • St. John’s Gallery Floral All Media Show, Albuquerque NM
  • 2015:
    • St. John’s Gallery Winter Photography Show, Albuquerque NM
    • Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Albuquerque NM
    • January: Placitas Artist Series, Placitas NM
  • 2014:
    • Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Albuquerque NM
    • INSIGHT Women’s Photography Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
  • 2013:
    • This Time. This Place. City of Albuquerque Open Space Exhibition
    • Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Albuquerque NM
    • INSIGHT Women’s Photography Exhibit, Albuquerque NM
  • 2012:
    • IMAGE New Mexico, MATRIX Fine Art, Albuquerque NM
    • Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show, Albuquerque NM
    • INSIGHT Women’s Photography Exhibit, Albuquerque NM

EXQUISITE CORPSE: One of my images made the book “Exquisite Corpse”. In 2015 Maine Media Workshops and College invited faculty and friends to participate in a project called Exquisite Corpse. Like a visual game of telephone, 100 participants each added an image to a chain, but were only able to see the one image that came before their own. The result is a story told one image at a time, from 100 points of view. This video is a slideshow of the book’s images, in the order in which the game was played. My artwork is at 7:50 in the video below

…a few thoughts…

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

Isaac Newton, 1643-1727

We live to learn.

Helen “Nellie” Herron Taft, 1861-1943

Why hadn’t I had at least tried? It was useless, I know, to cry over spilt milk, but it was a lesson I would carry for the rest of my life. If you feel passionate about something, let no obstacle stop you.

Ruth Gruber, 1911-2016


%d bloggers like this: