Mary Porterfield


Beneath it All

Charcoal on paper
14″ x 11″

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Artist Statement

My work questions what makes an act heroic in the midst of daunting circumstances. Many of these circumstances are influenced by my work as an occupational therapist, as I struggle to accept what I cannot change. I explore this struggle through narratives that attempt to ask and resolve: Does it take more courage to be selfless or self-seeking? Is it better to deny futility or accept what cannot be changed? If assistance is warranted but not wanted, should it be abandoned? Through these questions, my intention is to provide a balanced perspective between giving and receiving when caring for others.

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Net proceeds of Mary Porterfield’s artwork to benefit Parkinson’s Association.


Four Simple Rules:

Purchases are non-refundable. Purchases are net in-kind charitable donations and are not tax deductible.

Shipping, handling and applicable sales tax/fees to be paid by the purchaser. Sold work must remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Local purchasers may pick up sold works at the exhibition site from 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm on Sunday, 10/29/17.

Arrangements other than pick up on Sunday, 10/29/17 must be made with the curator. Details at checkout.