Maryam (Mary) Clark was born, raised and currently resides in London where – by day – she is a Developmental Neuroscience PhD student at University College London. Her illustrative career, however, began when Mary was a child. Fuelled by her curiosity for the world’s inner workings, Mary used pen and paper to draw out her own observations whilst adding in her own childish hues.
Mary’s interests became more focused on the inner workings of humans – namely, the brain. Having taken life-long inspiration from incredible illustrators such as Nick Sharratt, Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs, she uses her own illustrations, in part, to explore the fascinating nature of the mind as well as to tell stories. In doing so, Mary hopes to inform people of all ages of answers to some of man’s biggest questions, such as: why do we do the things we do? Where do emotions come from? And how does the brain come to ‘be’?
Mary currently features most of her work on her blog, Mind of Mary, where several characters, such as Mary and Brain, come to life. She is also currently working on a book that looks at the brain on a more personal level, which – she hopes – will help others understand their own minds and the myriad of marvellous ways by which it works.