about me

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Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshops, book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.  

Please contact my agent Lilla Rogers Studio for illustration & licensing opportunities.

Please contact me directly for original artwork, gallery and wholesale inquiries.

3 Comments on about me

  1. Elaine Kehew
    November 11, 2015 at 10:16 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Mati!
    Thanks for your excellent coffee-chat with Beth yesterday from Lilla Rogers. My ears perked up when you mentioned that you had taken several children’s book courses. Are there any online courses for children’s book illustration that you could recommend? I live in Kenya and have recently become very interested in this area, but alas, there is nothing in Kenya 🙂

    Thanks in advance. Love what you do!
    Elaine Marie Kehew


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