Jory has been inspired by a family of artists. Her grandfather, John R. Neill was an eminent pen and ink illustrator, best known for his imaginative work in over 30 volumes of OZ books. Jory moved to Italy for 2 years with her family after her father won the Guggenheim Sculpture Award to study in Europe. There she attended L’Instituto D’Arte in Pietrasanta and had a solo exhibition. However Jory’s fondest memories are of learning to paint with pastels with her mother, an award-winning painter on Cape Cod.
Jory studied fine arts at the University of Iowa and then the New England School of Art & Design. She currently runs an independent graphic design studio in Halifax, MA. There she balances her commercial art with her love of painting.
Over 30 years ago she attended her first pastel workshop with Master Pastellist, Albert Handell. She has since enjoyed studying with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Doug Dawson, Rob Liberace, Dan Thompson, Barbara Courtney Jaenicke and Alain Picard.
Her work is soon to be showcased in North Light Books 2015 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture
Creating original artwork has been a lifelong passion and a personal refuge. Painting gives me the opportunity to fully explore my feelings at the moment. Do I want to be bold or subtle? Colorful or muted? I have the freedom to go any direction, and discard the rules that I have studied and obeyed for so many years.
I fully immerse myself in the process of developing that one individual work of art. By keeping my eyes and heart really open, inspiration and beauty is often right in front of me.