Mary Ryder was born in Norwich, Vermont, and has been doing art work ever since. “There was hardly a time she wasn’t drawing,” says her Mom, “she made so much art, I had to throw it out when she wasn’t looking!” Undaunted, she trained at Sir John Cass School of Art and Design in London, College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California, The San Francisco Art Institute, The College of William and Mary and The Art League School of Alexandria, VA. She has worked as an archaeological draftsman for Colonial Williamsburg, a graphic designer at ad agencies in Honolulu, San Francisco and DC, did a brief stint at a boat yard in Maine and countless freelance gigs.
Mary and her family lived in Italy and Germany for many years where she soaked up book binding, painting, printmaking, drawing, and bizarre and inappropriate marzipan sculpting.
She uses traditional tools and materials in non traditional ways. Layering, erasing, scratching through, using shaving brushes and toweling to apply materials, mixing charcoal and water, anything that will leave an interesting mark and exciting line quality. Mary will paint or draw just about anything; landscapes, seascapes, animals, the figure and funny things…but not funny things on the figure!
She appreciates good food & bad jokes and all things slightly off.