Relatable Illustrations Visualize the Happiest and Hardest Parts of Life

Inspirational Art by Mari Andrew

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Writer and artist Mari Andrew is the friend that dispenses wisdom when you need it the most. Her creative work is vulnerable, a powerful combination of words and images that are infographics for your soul. Andrew's observational art covers topics that are familiar to us all—heartbreak, loss, illness, and just getting through the minutiae of everyday life.

Compassion and empathy are at the core of Andrew’s work. Through minimalist pen and ink graphics, she shares thinking that has helped her build resilience while also acknowledging the struggles that she and others might be facing. Her images of what it’s like to fall in love, for instance, resonate with her large audience. And at the same time, Andrew wants us to feel good about ourselves as we find our place in the world.

One illustration titled The People Worth Impressing features an image of Andrew as her 5-year-old self and her 85-year-old self. Although personal to Andrew, the idea that you should want to impress who you were as a kid and who you'll be when you’re older is a good way to reflect on what you’re doing now and where you’re going.

Scroll down for some of Andrew’s uplifting artwork. She also has several books about life and adulthood. The bestselling Am I There Yet is now available on Bookshop.org. There, you can also pre-order her upcoming book My Inner Sky to be released on March 2, 2021.

Writer and artist Mari Andrew creates inspiring illustrations that are infographics for your soul.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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