Mary Blair Biography

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Mary Robinson Blair (1911-1979) Born: McAllister, Oklahoma; Studied: San Jose State College (California), Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles); Member: California Water Color Society. Mary Blair came to California when she was seven years old. She attended college in San Jose and then art school in Los Angeles, where she took instruction from Pruett Carter.

Throughout the 1930s, she painted and exhibited watercolors depicting Regional subjects and worked full time as a color stylist and designer for the Walt Disney Studios. She also produced tile murals for Disneyland and Disney World and designed several of their rides.

After World War II, she and her husband, Lee Blair, settled in New York where she developed a highly successful commercial art business producing magazine covers, children’s book illustrations and theatrical stage settings.

Biographical information:

Interview with Lee Blair, 1983.

Biography courtesy of California Watercolors 1850-1970,

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California Watercolor



Lee and Mary Blair - 1936


Frank Thomas & Mary Blair-The "Walt & El Grupo" trip to Rio de Janeiro-1941


For ten weeks in 1941, Walt Disney, his wife Lilly, and sixteen colleagues from his studio visited nations in Latin America to gather story material for a series of films with South American themes. (

Mary Blair-Designer of Disney's "It's a Small World"