Hi, I'm Mary

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1. Home: Currently, the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Growing up: 8 states, two foreign countries (Japan and Thailand)--thanks Navy. 

2. Family: Married 10 years, 3 kids (ages 3, 7, 9)

3. Work: Mostly mom, work-from-home illustrator, creator of art that encourages, former ESL teacher, former homeschooler

4. Relationship status (with Jesus): Saved by grace alone through faith alone--and nothing I can boast of except the kindness of Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-9).

5. Blog/Business name: Marydean is my first name, but everyone calls me Mary. "Draws" comes from literal drawing and figurative drawing based on this verse: "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:3).

6. Hobbies: painting, thrifting, writing, reading

7. Favorite food: sushi or thai

8. Personality: INFP

9. Weaknesses: strong introversion, bouts of anxiety, depression, people-pleasing tendencies, idealistic, numbers + data 

10. Inspired by: the flawless Word of God, other artists/painters, flowers, nature, friends, conversation, books, my church and community group

11. Called to: encourage women in the Gospel through God's Word and create tools they can use to encourage others

For glimpses of my daily life and art, you can find me on Instagram @marydeandrawsYou can listen to me tell more of my story in my interview with Sarah Rieke on the Heart Lessons Podcast (2016).

  • my husband for supporting me, keeping my computer running, and supplying me with great tools (ie my beloved Ipad which makes all my art easier to make)
  • my kiddos for being my biggest fans
  • my sweet friends whose conversations provide the ideas for many of these posts
  • my church family and pastors for continuing to direct me to the truth of the Gospel
  • all of you readers for your kind words of encouragement and faithful readership
  • The ESV Bible for permission to use this modern and reliable literal translation in much of my art
  • Shay Cochrane for many the many lovely stock photos I use throughout the blog (which she gives away monthly)
  • Lovely portrait photography of me and my family by Be Thou My Vision Photography

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