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 Pastelist, Albert Handell. She has since enjoyed studying with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Doug Dawson, Rob Liberace, Dan Thompson, Barbara Courtney Jaenicke and Alain Picard.

Jory is currently teaching pastel at Plymouth Center for the Arts.

Her work is showcased in North Light Books 2015, Strokes of Genius 8: Exploring Texture!



“Viewpoints” solo exhibition at Helen Bumpus Gallery, Duxbury MA, Oct 28 - Jan 3, 2017

CT Pastel Society, Renaissance in Pastel, Wholesale Frame Award, 2016 

Duxbury Art Association, MidsummerArt Show 1st place, 3D/Sculpture, 2016

Plymouth Center for the Arts, Winter Show, 1st Place & 49th Annual, 2nd place

Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, FPO, Pastel Society of NH Award, 2016

North River Arts Society Festival/Arts, Marian Atkinson Pastel Award, 2016 & 2013

28th IAPS Juried Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NYC, 2016

Pembroke Arts Festival, Honorable mention, 2016 & 2015, 2nd place, 2015

Cape Cod Art Association, All Cape Cod, 1st place pastel, 2015 

Cape Cod Art Association, Lazy Days of Summer, 1st place pastel, 2015 

Art by the Bay with the DDA, 3rd place pastel, 2015

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 48th Annual 22 Show, honorable mention pastel, 2015 

International Association of Pastel Societies, 26th Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, 2015

Duxbury Art Association, Winter Juried show, 2015

Massasoit Arts Festival, 3rd place, pastel, 2015

Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod, Annual Members Show, Best of show, 2014

Solo Exhibition of 33 paintings, Ventress Gallery, Marshfield MA, 2014

International Association of Pastel Societies 24th exhibition, Vose Gallery, Boston, 2014

South Shore Arts Center Art Festival, second place, pastel, 2014

For Pastels Only, Pastel Painters of Cape Cod, national exhibition, 2014

North River Arts Society Member’s show, Marian Atkinson Memorial Award, 2013

Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod, Duxbury Art Complex Museum, 2013

North River Arts Society, “Focus on Figures”, 2013

Plymouth Center for the Arts, 46th annual art show, 2013

International Peace Bond Design Competition, finalist, 2006



  • Pastel Society of America (Juried Associate Member) 
  • Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod (Signature Member and Juror of Awards, 2015) 
  • The Guild of Boston Artists
  • Cape Cod Art Association (Juried Artist Member)
  • Duxbury Art Association
  • North River Arts Society
  • Falmouth Artist’s Guild
  • Plymouth Center for the Arts (Russel Gallery Artist)
  • South Shore Arts Cente r


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