Mary Ann studied art at Kent State and earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education and did graduate work at Kent State and Case Western Reserve. She taught art at the Akron, Massillon and Hudson Public Schools, and at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She has exhibited her paintings at the Akron Art Institute; Cleveland Museum of Art; Canton Art Institute; the Mayfield Jewish Center, Cleveland Hts., Ohio; Gallery on Fifth, Naples, Florida; the Lawrence Churski Gallery and the Roche Bobois, in Naples Florida.
Statement: “The splashy gestural coloramas of my work are in a painterly style often referred to as Abstract Expressionism. These moving textural dramas are immediate and self contained, limiting their dynamic appeal to their reality as paintings and minimalizing any reference to natural phenomena seen or recalled from somewhere beyond the limits of the paintings. There is a powerful visual excitement in each individual painting, or diptych, that depends for its hypnotic appeal on the gestures of the brush strokes, the hue, value, intensity of the colors, the broad range of textures, the size, position, proportion, and movement of the shapes.”
“Flynn-Fouse’s attitude about art can be best illustrated by one of her paintings. If restriction ever bound her work as a teacher, few signs of it exist today. Only passion drives her brush to make form, and she refers to no tangible scenes to create her colorful, minimalist images. Her work expresses feelings that bind us together as humans.”