Mary Fries

Mary Fries

Boston, MA, United States

About Mary Fries

I approach artmaking as an exploration of permanence and time. I explore growth, decay, and the fragility of physical form. Neither wholly abstracted nor bound to strict realism, my paintings capture a living moment in static form. Saturated colors exaggerate subtle variations that shift as sunlight crosses a surface or a human body breathes. The artist, the subject, and the medium all travel through time at the speed of light, and the goal of art is to use light to stop time.


Mary Baldwin University, BS, mathematics
California Institute of Integral Studies, MA, philosophy and religion
Boston University, CAGS, mathematics education

Arts education predominantly at Mary Baldwin University and The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts; I've also at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston