Mary Porter lives in domestic chaos in the Boulevard area of Athens, Georgia: a vibrant, dynamic and eclectic neighborhood that inspires her paintings. Through over 40 years of painting, her work has gone through a lot of changes and periods. She paints representational subject matter, and one common theme throughout has been the concept of home. Recently her paintings are motivated by the landscape of the supermarket and food products. This inquiry has made grocery shopping more fun!
Mary earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art from the University of Georgia, where she later taught painting and color theory classes. She has received a National Foundation for the Arts Regional fellowship and two Georgia Council for the Arts grants. Her nationally exhibited watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings are represented in numerous public and private collections, including King and Spalding, Atlanta, GA; Department of Labor, Washington, DC; and in Athens: Clarke County Courthouse, the Classic Center, the University of Georgia, and Morris Communications Building. Porter’s work has appeared in media publications such as the Georgia Review, The New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Athens Magazine, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.