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Mefore Aday

Mixed Media Artist, aka Mary Aday
b. Tupelo, Mississippi 1985  

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Skateboarding

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 8:55 PM

 

In 6th grade, my Diddy (Dad) moved us away from our big family in the woods to a central-heat and air apartment in Mississippi where he could attain Social Security Disability because of his epilepsy. This was to be first stable income besides Food Stamps that my family was getting since I was born.

 

I love the anonymity of being the new kid.

I quickly made new friends, my first friends that I was not related to.

 

This is when I got my first skateboard.

I technically stole it. I borrowed it from one of my new friends, but never gave it back.

Her mom bought it from Wal-mart for like $10 and it was a piece of Chinese plastic crap not worth describing.

But at 12 we loved sitting on it and bombing down her street.

She let me borrow it because she didn't play with it, unless I was there.

I really wanted to learn to stand on it and go fast, that was it.

 

That was my start.

We lived in Government Subsidized Apartments and it had a basketball court.

I would walk the skateboard down to the smooth Basketball court and go around in circles for hours by myself.

 

In rural Mississippi in 1998, skateboarding wasn't "normal" kid stuff, and definitely not a normal Southern Belle activity.

I was 13 at this time and I did not meet another girl with a skateboard until I was 20 when I moved out West to Oregon.

The only thing I really saw about skateboarding at this time was on the Disney channel.


Holiday Cheer! The Good and Bad Times are All Here!

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM

The time is Here! Time to count your blessings!

This time of year is always a double edge sword for me. Work hard and Play hard! 

I tend to go all out in everything that I do!

I plan and attend tons of Holiday parties trying to promote myself at every turn.

And on the flip side I attend and take part in a few Holiday Shows!

The preparation for these events takes it out of me. The actual events and gatherings are always so much fun though!!!

My Birthday is January 17th and I usually just love to sit around in sweats and be as lazy as possible!

I am so excited to be doing what I a doing with my life!

I work all day long with short breaks to goof off in the snow and dancing, to get the blood flowing.


I then calm down, sit down and work on get my life together! Thanks for checking out my Blog! 

Awarded Best In Show in Artopia!

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 8:00 AM
"The Fruit is Not the Seed" 
Best in Show

I am so proud to announce that I have won Best of Show with my painting  "The Fruit is Not the Seed". I am so fortunate to have been a part of Big Bend Cares in Tallahassee, Florida.

Artopia is a great Art Show Fundraising event that this year raised $97,000!

 Big Bend Cares raises funding for those living with HIV in the Tallahassee area to help with things like medical costs. I was honored to have been chosen as "Best in Show" and filled with giddiness because both paintings that I donated were sold. I hope that the people who own that work will enjoy it as much as i enjoyed making it! To find out more about Artopia or to donate to Big Bend Cares. Check out their website below. 

http://www.bigbendcares.org/artopia/


I am always searching for a deep connetion to my surroundings. As a child, I can remember always looking to find meaning in everything. I was a spiritual child. I always knew that I  wanted me to be an artist. I had my doubts as I grew up and had the world to contend with. I had very encouraging parents, but unfortunately, I lost my faith in their opinion at an early age. I remember thinking that they only knew that I was persistent with my efforts at improving my drawing skills, but that they don't understand what I am really pursuing as an artist. Let's just say, that I became a master at patting myself on the back for my accomplishments. I don't remember needing approval for anything. That attitude is still pervasive in my work. I basically have no one's voice but my own in my head, and my biggest challenge as a grown up artist, is to calm down and ask for help. 




 

"The artistic soul connects to the world in a different way. It is always interesting to see what kind of representation or interpretation the artist creates. It will always be ever-changing though, because nature and life are always ever-changing. The artist interprets and depicts the world as he or she sees it, feels it, and knows it to be."