MRM Illustration by visual artist Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Creative Strategist, Visual Artist, and Illustrator Mayra Ruiz-McPherson brings 25 years of seasoned, hybrid design experience to creative projects.

In between freelance, art licensing, and publishing projects, Mayra’s working toward completing her MFA in Illustration with the Academy of Art University.

Mayra also holds a second masters in Media Psychology and is founder of her own practice, ruiz mcpherson | media.

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Canadian Illustrator Sheilah Beckett (1913-2013)

A Look Back at Brilliant Canadian Illustrator Sheilah Beckett (1913-2013)

As I was digging through all the content I’ve researched and written on behalf of my MFA, I was overjoyed to find this illustration history slide deck I did in 2017 featuring accomplished Canadian illustrator Sheilah Beckett (1913-2013).

A talented, self-taught illustrator, Beckett was the FIRST woman to join the Charles E. Cooper Studio — the preeminent commercial art studio of mid-twentieth-century America

An extremely talented illustrator

As you’ll see in the following slides, Beckett is an extremely talented illustrator who had a preference for illustrating children’s books and greeting cards, something I aspire to myself in the coming years. Her work is expansive and given her talent and skill, it’s no wonder Beckett was such a successful illustrator.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these slides featuring Beckett’s life and work. I also have slides on American illustrator Charlotte Harding, in case you’re interested.

Feel free to share any comments or to forward the slides on this post with the illustration enthusiast in your life!

Thanks for reading,

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

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Mayra is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and creative director writing about illustration love and other art and drawing-inspired topics.

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