HI, I’M MAYRA YADIR

I’m an incurable mixed media artist, illustrator, and surface designer blending a variety of traditional and digital media. When I’m not covered in globs of paint or manipulating pixels, I’m also a creative writer and indie publisher working on my first book.

THESE DAYS

life as a working artist
As a working artist based in Loudoun County, Virginia, I get to work side by side with a massively talented collective of 10 other local artisans working out from our studio spaces located over at High Hill Marketplace (on the second floor, right above The Gateway Gallery)

creative writing + publishing
Words are my constant friends; they spew from my thoughts and flow into my notebooks like leaky spigots that just won’t shut. I’ve been writing for clients and their marketing materials for years but these days, I’m writing a lot more for my own projects (namely my first book, currently underway).

art instruction
I’m an educator of mixed media art and graphic design and enjoy sharing my methods and practices with students from all walks of life. Currently, I’m launching a series of art instruction classes through various public library branches and will be expanding into online courses over the coming year.

media psychologist
As a trained media psychologist, you’ll often find me growing my media psychology practice in between designing graphics or messing with art projects,  My consultancy explores a range of positive media and positive technology in the context of human flourishing, which includes topics related to human creativity and more.

PAST EXPERIENCE

brand designer + content writer
Before plunging into mixed media, I spent nearly 30 years as a brand and content designer for luxury clients across numerous industry sectors, including financial services, retail, hospitality, technology, nonprofit, and more. My marketing communications and advertising design works spanned campaigns across social media, advertising, user experience (UX), television, content, and product designs.

senior digital strategist
My design work was one aspect of a much broader digital strategy practice I founded in 2005, where I also helped clients integrate and optimize marketing technologies across platforms and campaigns.

EDUCATION

mfa, advertising + editorial illustration (with a concentration in children’s books)
Academy of Arts University (2017 • 2022)

ma, psychology with media and technology emphasis
Fielding Graduate University (2017 • 2019)

THINGS THAT SWELL MY HEART

Reading (nonfiction), journaling, sketching, gray skies and rainy days, digital photography, and a slice of plain New York cheesecake paired with a steaming hot cup of cappuccino.