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Mary Jane Pories

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“In the Trees With Stephen”

oil on canvas

5 x 7”

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In the Trees With StephenIn the Trees With Stephen

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1. What do you do when you’re not making art? (Day job etc...).

After years spent performing improv comedy, I realized how valuable these skills could be in the workplace. So, I founded Fishladder, Inc.® in 1999 and use improvisation to help leaders and their teams apply the quick, collaborative approach to resolving daily challenges, preparing for the unexpected and managing change. Basically, I have fun using games and exercises to help people to work better together.

2. Why do you make art?

Visual art is one more way to use an improvisational approach to express emotion, explore my world, and find meaning in my life. I use images to communicate when words fail.

3. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by courage, questions, confusion, dreams, truth, play, color, materials, and the endlessly fascinating stories of those brave enough to honestly share their story. More specifically, I am inspired by my family, every one of them.

4. What/who are your influences?

I find color intoxicating so am naturally drawn to Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism. I also continue to return to Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henry Moore, Vincent Van Gogh, Helen Frankenthaler, Gustave Klimt and, my father and painting partner, Walter Pories.

5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Rachel Carson.