Julie Bell, born in Beaumont, Texas in 1958, found an unusual route to the world of painting animals. She felt from an early age that she was destined to become a professional artist. But when the time came that she wanted to bring this dream to reality, it was in the field of fantasy/science fiction illustration that she found her home.
In 2000, she was given an assignment by TOR Books to paint covers for a series of fantasy novels that starred a large wolf with magic powers. To get reference material for her assignment, she visited the Lakota Wolf Preserve and, by the end of the afternoon photo session, she had fallen in love with the wolves.
The success of that first wolf painting brought more animal assignments as well as private commissions which included horses. Now she is finding a new sense of herself in painting the animals just as they are, without supernatural powers.