The website of artist and writer Julia Maisen.

About Me

I was born and raised in Northern California and discovered a love for reading and storytelling at an early age.   In elementary school I started consuming the Nancy Drew series and various other books, including the picture book The Weaving of a Dream by Marilee Heyera, an old favorite of mine. Seriously go check it out, the illustrations are gorgeous!

I work primarily in traditional media and have a deep and abiding love for the unpredictable nature of watercolor, though lately I have been playing more and more in the digital world. When crafting my stories I’m always on the lookout for ways to incorporate humor, characters, emotional impact and a touch of the absurd.

I am currently seeking representation and am available for commissions and can be reached by email at or through my contact form.

Or follow me (@JuliaMaisen) on Instagram and Twitter.


Awards & Credits:

  • SCBWI Asilomar Conference Scholarship Recipient
  • “Art Education on the Cheap”, SCBWI Bulletin


  • Master’s in Children’s Illustration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Illustration Master Class
  • Noah Bradley’s Art Camp
  • Making Picture Book Magic
  • School of Visual Learning
  • Schoolism