Mary Jane Pories

Mary Jane Pories is an American artist born in Rochester, NY, now living in Grand Rapids MI, working primarily in acrylics and oils. Her improvisational approach to life and art results in works that are energetic, surprising, and emotional. A colorist by nature, her bold use of hue and playful approach to form, reveal her influences from Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism. 

With undergraduate degrees in Art and English, Mary Jane first worked as the Art Director/Graphic Designer for a small magazine. She then returned to school for a Master of Arts degree in teaching and taught art for several years at the high school level, growing the program from one semester of art to three full years of course offerings. She’s served as an adjunct instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design and is currently a member of Grand Valley Artists.

Over the years, she seized opportunities to study art at Bennington College, Savannah College of Art and Design, exhibited work at Shibui Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI  and learned from masters such as Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Carolyn Fehsenfeld and Tony Couch. An Artist-In-Residence in Petosky, MI in 2015, she's also exhibited locally at the Franciscan Center, Celebration of the Arts, ArtPrize, All Art Works and Salaan Magazine.

Mary Jane is grateful for her mother's relentless encouragement in her creative pursuits and to her father for being a patient, fun, and instructive painting partner. 

“A fixed attitude is a closed door"

Viola Spolin