Phyllis Lear's work consists of detailed graphite drawings and collages including found elements such as papers, stamps, sticks, wire, labels and buttons. The detailed drawings are a result of her training as an illustrator of artifacts for archaeologists. Each mixed media piece tells a story related to Lear’s life journey. The stories are somewhat ambiguous and invite interpretation and dialogue with the viewer. She assists in the telling of the tale by adding words and text to each piece.
Lear received the Visual Artist Fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her drawings and collages have been exhibited internationally and her work is in private collections from Toronto to New Orleans.