Julie Bell was born in Beaumont, Texas. A former competitive bodybuilder who also studied many years of classical ballet, Julie applies the same discipline and intensity to her art process. Her knowledge of anatomy has allowed her to imbue her figures of humans and animals with grace and strength. At the heart of her work is an element of empowerment and independence. Julie¹s work has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books,trading cards, and various collectibles. Her original paintings have been shown in exhibitions across the US and in Europe and Japan, and can currently be seen at Legacy Gallery in the Western US, Simard Bilodeau Gallery in Los Angeles, and Rehs Contemporary Gallery in New York City. There are three volumes of her work available, Soft as Steel, Hard Curves, The Julie Bell Portfolio, and many books with her husband, Boris Vallejo, such as Fantasy Workshop, Twin Visions, Superheroes, Sketchbook, The Ultimate Collection, Fabulous Women, Imaginistix, and, most recently, Dreamland. Each year, Julie and Boris create a highly anticipated Fantasy calendar together, published by Workman Publishing.