Mary Lee Dereske - Fine Artist

Mary Lee Dereske

Placitas, NM - United States








Mary Lee Dereske

Placitas, NM - United States

Mary Lee Dereske - Fine Artist

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About Mary Lee Dereske

I am inspired by nature and the emotions springing forth from ordinary scenes.

When you look at my work, I want to show you more than a still life, a moment, or a landscape. I wish for you to see beyond the images-an abandoned wooden boat becomes the memory of fishermen pulling their oars through the mist of morning, and a tree tells the tale of years standing strong in the face of storms.

I believe in learning as much as I can, and have taken photo workshops through Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. I am currently taking classes in the photography department at Santa Fe Community College.

Signed high quality prints may be purchased through me. Each signed image is a custom gicleé art print, printed to your size specification. Visit for more information, or use the email link to contact me.

All images ⓒ Mary Lee Dereske and may not be reproduced or otherwise used without explicit permission of the artist.


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Photographer Mary Lee Dereske To Show At 2013 ANMPAS

Placitas, NM - November 18th, 2013

November 17, 2013: Mary Lee Dereske, Placitas New Mexico photographer, will exhibit her artwork "Wooden Boat Fading Away" at the 2013 Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS). This gallery show is comprised of some of the best images as judged by some of the top photographers in the state. Regarding her black and white image "Wooden Boat Fading Away,"Mary Lee stated "I made this image at a turn of the century salmon cannery near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Natural light coming through a tall window illuminated the front of this wooden boat as the remainder of the boat faded into the shadows. The interplay of light and shadow, the peeling paint, the separating wood and rusting eye on the front of the boat are a metaphor of how the culture and life of the cannery industry has faded from our times." The Opening Reception for ANMPAS is December 7, 2013 at the Fine Arts Bui...

Mary Lee Dereske Now On

Placitas, NM - August 5th, 2013

The best art in New Mexico is in Placitas! Placitas is more than just the most beautiful place to live in New Mexico, it is also home to some of the best art and artists in the country. Mary Lee Dereske, Placitas New Mexico photographer now has an online gallery at Placitas Artists: Mary Lee says "I am quite thrilled to be included with the other wonderful artists of the Placitas Artists site." The mission of Placitas Artists is to showcase the art and artists of the Placitas area. It is not a commercial site and does not sell artwork. However, Mary Lee's work can be purchased by following her website link to

Photographer Accepted Into Albuquerque Show

Placitas, NM - April 29th, 2013

The City of Albuquerque accepted Placitas photographer Mary Lee Dereske’s image “Capture” for their photography exhibit “This Time. This Place.” The exhibit showcases images of Albuquerque Open Space areas. The exhibit will be open to the public from June 1-30, 2013 at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Rd. NW, Albuquerque. “Capture” is an image made in the Placitas Open Space. The black and white photo shows a delicate strand of horsehair captured by barbed wire on a weathered fence post. An expanse of sky back frames the streaming horsehair, and the barbed wire curves upward along the post, like a mermaid on a ship’s prow. “I walk in the Placitas Open Space several times a week,” says Mary Lee Dereske, “always with my camera, always looking at the way the skies, the land, the vegetation changes. Often I see the horses, coyotes, jackrabbits, and a variety of birds. The hors...

Photographer Accepted Into InSight New Mexico Show

Placitas, NM - April 3rd, 2013

February 23, 2013: The InSight New Mexico Women's Photography Exhibit notified Mary Lee Dereske, Placitas New Mexico photographer, that her artwork "On the Road to Taos" was accepted into this spring's show. This juried show features women artists of New Mexico who use photography in any form in their artwork. Ms. Dereske's artwork is classic photography. In the tradition of film photographers, she chooses and frames her images carefully, mindful of the light, colors, and elements of the scene. "On the Road to Taos" is a black and white depiction of an iconic tree standing sentinel on the road leading north to Taos. The Opening Reception for InSight will be on April 6 at the Fine Arts Building at EXPO New Mexico. The show will be open to the public April 7-April 27 daily except Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.