Mary Heebner works in several mediums including painting, photography and handmade artists books. Her work is exhibited internationally, and is in collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University of Chicago and the J. Paul Getty Collection. Her books are published under her imprint, simplemente maria Press. She is represented by Edward Cella Art + Architecture
In 2003, Heebner achieved renown outside the art world with the publication of an illustrated, bilingual version of Pablo Neruda’s On the Blue Shore of Silence. The book, released by Harper Collins-Rayo is based on a hand-made, limited edition artist book by the same title. Printed in honor of the poet’s 100th birthday, the book featured Heebner’s paintings, as well as English translations of Neruda’s work by Scottish writer Alastair Reid and an afterword by Antonio Skármeta. A companion book, Intimacies: Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda followed in 2008, with Heebner’s series of paintings entitled Muse. Heebner’s work also appears on the cover of Gretel Ehrlich’s The Future of Ice. Director Russ Spencer featured Heebner and her husband, travel photographer Macduff Everton, in his 2000 documentary “Full Circle,” which chronicled the making of the couple’s book, The Western Horizon. Her mural painting, “Mojave”, combining word and image from The Western Horizon project is part of the permanent collection of American artists curated by Virginia Shore for the Chancery of the United States Embassy in Moscow.
Heebner also writes travel journalism articles for such publications as Islands, and National Geographic Traveler. BFA from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and MFA from UCSB in 1977, studying with artist William Dole. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.
Heebner’s exhibitions include “Intimacies” at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute New York City and “Mani Wall paintings & A Sacred Geography: Sonnets of the Himalaya and Tibet” UCLA’s Fowler Museum Heebner’s most Most recent artist’s book, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: An artist’s interpretation of the classic text by William Shakespeare (2008).