My name is Mari (rhymes with starry) and I'm a writer and illustrator and aspiring flamenco enthusiast, living in New York.
I’ve been a writer forever, but I became an illustrator when I was going through a tough time two years ago and needed a new fun form of self-expression. I tried guitar, salsa, surfing, and instructional cooking videos, but drawing is the hobby that really stuck.
I decided to make one drawing a day for a year and put up my doodles on Instagram to keep myself accountable. First my mom followed, then my friends followed, then strangers started following, which was super exciting and weird and wonderful--so I'm going longer than a year. If you are one of the strangers, THANK YOU for building me a creative home. Your encouragement means the world to me.
You can read more about my journey here. I also like this interview with my beloved friend Susan Alexandra (I'm wearing her jewelry in every photo you see of me!). For more on my creative process and to witness my love for overalls first-hand, take my online Skillshare class.
I get a lot of creative inspiration from heartbreak, and this year I got to work on a breakup app with real-life goddess Zoë Foster Blake. Download it immediately if your heart is hurting!
These days I'm working on a book of illustrated essays, which will be published by Clarkson Potter in March 2018!
I value optimism, resilience, vulnerability, and joie de vivre. I do not value "having chill." I'm originally from Seattle, my favorite city is Rio de Janeiro, and I identify strongly with zebras. They always look like they're doing their own thing and having a great time.
Representation by the fabulous Cindy Uh at Thompson Literary Agency.