Studio Tour

Take a tour of my studio and get a glimpse at my art-making process


Maile McCarthy ~ Paper Artist ~ Picture Book Writer

Growing up in the Air Force, I moved to a new school seven times. My fondest childhood memories are of exploring my new environments, finding clues to understanding the new places I found myself in and seeking ways to fit in.

I try to bring that sense of magic, and the search for belonging, to my illustration and writing.

When I'm not making art, you can find me working in the garden, playing banjo, and spending time with my husband and son at our home in gorgeous Northern California.


If you would like to hire me for your project, or simply to say hi, please email:



Of Note

Interview on Sept 2018

Winner of the Adam's Choice Award ;) Aug 2018

Know someone who might like my art? You can find an animated slideshow of my portfolio here.

winner, honorable mention: Kidlit411 Banner Contest

current participant in Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge

active scbwi member since 2014


The Latest

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