Wiped away: Local artist loses home and 17 years of artwork

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Wiped away: Local artist loses home and 17 years of artwork

By Marcelino Benito. CREATED Apr 29, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Seventeen years in a house. Every corner, every wall, every sidewalk painted with a memory. All of it was erased overnight.

"It's hard not to come by and not fall apart," said mural artist, Mary Howard.

After falling thousands of dollars behind on the mortgage, Howard lost her house for good.

"I had a lot of people crying with me," said Howard.

The house was a landmark.

"It was a special place here in Tucson," said neighbor Mike Otto.

Otto says it's a sight neighbors will miss.

"I think the neighborhood feels violated as a result of this loss of this gift that this lady gave us," he said.

Mary's bright artwork was reduced to a dull coat of paint.

"It's a really ugly, battleship gray," he said.

It's a color that Howard tells 9OYS has turned her beloved home into a sad, dreary house.

Howard moved out just three blocks away into her son's house. It too is now filled with pieces of art she was able to bring with her. But just when you thought this story couldn't get any worse, it does.

"My son's house has been foreclosed on too, they just sold it," said Howard. "So we have to move out really quickly through the next month."

In just weeks, Howard will have nowhere to go, again.

"Just starting over one more time," she said.

Despite the rough last few months, she's hopeful one day she'll be able to light up another home of her own.

For more information on Mary and her art, click here.