A mixed-media artist, Maryann J. Riker uses handmade paper, book board, book cloth, beading, paint, embroidery and transparencies to convey a visual narrative through the book format. Her work incorporates vintage photography, advertising text and graphic iconography to create visual narratives that take us on a journey encompassing the passage of time and memory. Through her usage of symbols and pictures, the artist allows the viewer to mentally write their own narrative with their reaction to her usage of symbols and pictures. The viewer creates another story in reaction to the work. Her work has garnered a number of awards and is included in many private and public collections. Riker holds an undergraduate degree from Moravian College, a Master’s degree from Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College.