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.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Multidisciplinary artist.
Creative director.

After 20+ years of graphic, advertising, and interactive design, I discovered a passion for traditional art mediums. By 2017, I began an Illustration MFA with the Academy of Art University. Today, I’m launching art licensing collections, expanding my portfolio, and working on publishing projects.

Custom illustration, digital painting, surface design, and more.

Creative Strategist & Illustrator Resume for Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Chiaroscuro self portrait using charcoal by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson25 years of commercial design

I bring more than two decades of aesthetic strategy, advertising design, user experience, and visual storytelling expertise (spanning all kinds of brands, people, events, and projects) to my illustration work.

Academy of Art University's Illustration MFAIllustration MFA
Three years into my MFA, I’m excited to be nearing my thesis work and thereafter, graduation!

MRM Illustration's art and design space in Hamilton, Virginia by Mayra Ruiz-McPhersonArt & design studio
I converted an old outdoor barn into a full-fledged creative space and infused its every square inch with endless sources of inspiration.

Traveling opportunities welcomeVirtual or remotely
I work from anywhere, remotely, on-site, or travel domestically or abroad, as needed as long as wi-fi and coffee are readily available 🙂

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