Mary Stork was born in Portsmouth, and studied at the West of England College, where her primary tutor was Paul FEILER. She studied further at the Slade School of Art, London, where she won major awards, and her paintings were toured with the Arts Council Young Contemporaries. At the Slade she met and married the West Cornwall artist Jeremy Le GRICE, and they returned to the county to live at St Just.

Here in Cornwall she met Karl WESCHKE who she credited with great influence on her work, and in 1966 the Hiltons arrived nearby. Mary and Rose HILTON became the closest of friends.  Both of them abandoned art in the face of family responsibilities for many years.  When Mary remarried after the break-up of her first marriage, she brought up her family in nearby Porthleven.

In 1982 she re-started painting professionally, and showing her work in small galleries including the Rainyday Gallery in Penzance. Mary became a member of the Penwith Society of Arts and also of the NSA. Meantime, she returned to live in St Just when her second husband died. Finally she moved into Penzance, living in the town centre and continuing to produce a steady stream of distinctive work, mainly mixed media (watercolour and charcoal) figurative pieces, much collected.



Painter in mixed media

works and access

Hypatia Collection of Women's Art


1982: New Craftsman, St Ives; Penwith Gallery, Mixed shows; NAG:mixed NSA

1987: Jamieson Library of Women's History, joint exh with Rose HILTON



NSA 1960s ff - 1995 list

Penwith Society of Arts

misc further info



Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Hardie (1995) 100 Years/Diary

W H Lane Sales Catalogues and auction houses locally

WCAA file