Hi, I'm Mary!

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

2. Family: Married 12 years, 3 kids (ages 5, 8, 10)

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

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

10. 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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  1. Your blog, which I don't know how I stumbled across it now that I'm here, is exactly where I find myself! I started college with a minor in art. I met my husband,fell in love, the whole shebang, and never finished my degree. I'm the spouse of a soon-to-be retired Naval officer, mom of two, and homeschooler. As my kids are getting older, I keep feeling, with every year, a heavy absence of art. I've only made but about 10 paintings in the last 14 yrs, and my artsy fartsy-ness has culminated into craftiness to keep me at bay.
    Homeschool has ignited an unusual desire to create fun worksheets, flashcards, notecards, stationary,etc. I say unusual, 'cause computers confuse me, well, Excel and Macs Numbers confuse me. My biggest issue is I have no clue how to get my images from paper to jpeg, or PDF, or fill in the blank format. Right now my "work" is compromised of copying to Photos and importing to Pages from free downloads for personal use only. I'd love to learn how to develop original artwork for free and for profit, but mostly I want to have something that I can share with the masses.
    Can you guide me? I feel like I just need an apprenticeship of sorts, to shadow someone, or follow a model. I have no idea where to start.
    I love what you are making here. I love that you touched in your bio about how you saw God opening paths for you with your specific skill sets. I see things I like, things I buy or want to buy, and I think I can make that! and I can, and have! I often wonder if this is a direction I should seek out, if this is a path that is being presented to me. One thing is certain, I need to make...

    1. Hi Alicia! So nice to "meet" you! I'd love to share with you how I make my printables. Want to email me at mary@marydeandraws.com and then I can email you back? I've changes the way I do things over the years to make it simpler, but I can give you all those details. :) Mary

  2. Love it...you are such an inspiration. Leap of Faith!!

  3. Can I buy a 5 x 7 of the scripture used in the Pinterest photo of Luke 1:45 NIV...can you paint one for me. I love that verse.

    1. Hi Melanie! Sorry I haven't responded until now. I can list a 5x7 of the "blessed is she" print on the shop if you'd like, but it would be just a digital copy, not a painting (not sure if that's what you meant). 😊 Mary

  4. We are allowed to send coloring pages to our sponsor child but she speaks spanish. So glad I found your site.

    1. So glad you found the coloring pages to send your sponsored child! I do the same. I'll keep adding more!

  5. All I can say is "WOW"...While rushing into the abyss of my creative push to finalize our church bulletin for this week; I was looking for some small clipart to capture the main highlighted scripture for this weeks sermon and the BAM...I was lost in the most heartfelt beautiful cornucopia of artwork that I have ever seen. I am literally beside myself and enamored at what you have created for yourself that allows God to work not only in your and your families life...but, literally into so many others. Kudos - Bravo - Awesome...God Bless!!


    1. Thank you so much for this encouragement!!! It means so much! I'm sorry I'm just getting around to replying to comments.


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