Julie Bell was born in Beaumont, Texas in 1958. A former competitive bodybuilder, Julie applies the same discipline and intensity to her art career. 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 inner understanding.
Julie's work has appeared on hundreds of book covers, comic books, trading cards, and various collectibles as well as album covers and many international advertising campaigns. Her original paintings have been shown in exhibitions across the US and in Europe, and can currently be seen at American Legacy Fine Art in Pasadena, CA, Legacy Gallery in the Western US, Saks Gallery in Denver, and Rehs Contemporary Gallery in New York City. Her painting, "Lakota Language" was chosen as an Editors' Choice in the 47th anniversary edition of Southwest Art Magazine, May 2018 Issue.
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.