Mary Purdie is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, California. She draws inspiration from her personal experiences to create art that amplifies discussions around topics like grief, healing, personal growth, and mental health. Mary’s mission is to continue creating heartfelt artwork that resonates, comforts and creates a community where vulnerable conversations are welcomed and embraced. Mary recently worked on “She Rises: Uplifting Words for Anxious Girls”, an illustrated poetry book written by TED Speaker, Katie Zeppieri, that takes readers on a mental health journey from darkness to light.
My first job was…barista at Starbucks!
My proudest accomplishment is…becoming a full-time freelance artist.
My boldest move to date was…moving from NYC to California without a solid plan!
My biggest setback was…self-doubt, comparing myself to others in the industry, and feeling envious of some opportunities that others received.
I overcame it by… trusting in my journey and knowing that what is for me will not pass me by.
The best part of my job is… creating beautiful art that connects with others.
“Prioritize sacred self-care. This doesn’t include manicures and bubble baths, but the activities that nourish your spirit and make your heart sing.”
The most challenging part of my day is…sticking to a routine that has a healthy balance.
My hope for She Rises is that … every reader feels seen, heard, loved, and that they know they are never alone.
My greatest advice from a mentor was…prioritize sacred self-care. This doesn’t include manicures and bubble baths, but the activities that nourish your spirit and make your heart sing.
If I were to pick one thing that has helped me succeed, it would be… practice often. No matter how inspired or uninspired I feel, keep creating.
I surprise people when I tell them…I once gave up on my creative career dreams to pursue other things, but life had other plans.
The future excites me because…life is full of surprises!