I have struggled and continue to struggle with writing. Making art is a piece of cake vs writing an artist  statement. I just reviewed some notes I saved about how to write a statement, the advice:  1) Use 1000 characters, 2) don't be esoteric, existential or metaphysical, 3) very simply state: This is what I do and why, and 4) simply state your medium.

Thus, in no particular order:  I make prints, I paint, I make books. I make art because I love beauty, paper, and process. Because art is my voice to create meaning and expression. I am moved by landscape, triggered by childhood memories (particularly trauma) and inspired by travel to foreign lands. Variety is my constant drug and new adventures are the gateway to making art. 




b. 1962 Honolulu, Hawaii 

BFA University of Hawaii, MFA University of Arizona

Maria Lee lives in Tucson, Arizona. She currently teaches book arts at Pima Community College.


Awards and Exhibitions (selected)

2016      Allies, with Jo Andersen, Dragonfly Gallery, Tucson, AZ

              Eclectic, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Tucson, AZ

2015     Of Land and Sea, Forever Able Wellness Center, Tucson, AZ

              Convergent, with Dana Cohn, The Raven , Prescott, AZ

2014     YAYBIG Print Exchange, El Pueblo Viejo vs El Chuco, Tucson, AZ and El Paso , TX

              From Field to Table, with Nancy Bobo, Caffe Luce, Tucson, AZ

2013     Unbound, Artists' books invitational, SAGEbrush Art Center, Sheridan, WY

2012      Out of Square: Artists' Books from Various Angles, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ

2011      Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, artist-in-residence, Saratoga, WY

2010      Pop Up Now!, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR

               San Diego Book Arts Third National Juried Exhibition, Geisel Library, UCSD, San Diego, CA

2009      Kalaupapa; Keep Out! Keep In!, Pauahi Tower, Honolulu, HI

2008      Peintures: Paysages et Lumieres du Luberon, Atelier du Cheval Blanc, Goult, France 

2006      Tucson Pima Arts Council mini grant, Tucson, AZ

               Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Arts, Miramonte, CA

2005      Villa Montalvo, artist-in-residence, Saratoga, CA

2003      Jentel Foundation, artist-in-residence, Banner, WY