MEET OUR ARTISTS
Growing up in a Southern California and later the city of Buenos Aires, Marybel has been drawing, painting and creating characters ever since she was a child. She has said that she could always escape to other worlds with the stroke of her pencil. The supernatural and fantastical have always influenced her work. Marybel graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is inspired by her own experiences and personal growth. She also merged wellness and art by specializing in the mind/body/spirit connection. Marybel lives in rainy Oregon with her two boys Liam and Cian, and their dog Yoshi.
How did you start making art that empowers people?
Six years ago I started uploading pages from my personal illustrated diary on to social media, and I started getting messaged from strangers thanking me for sharing or saying things like “thank you, I needed that today”. I was going through divorce and was reading and learning so many positive lessons, that I started drawing interpretations of these lessons. I felt community and also a sense of “let’s get through this together”, I felt a sense of purpose when my focus was on empowering others.
What do you do to self-care?
Self care is everything honestly, from walking everyday, to making myself the best darn meal with the best ingredients. I rest when I need to, and take a break when my soul asks for some fun with friends and family. Being gentle with myself is top priority. My home environment is calm, clear and pretty. My creativity is a way of expressing my feelings and a funnel to any discomfort, art is healing.
SHOP DESIGNS BY MARYBEL MARTIN