As a young child, Julie Dee spent hours drawing. She especially enjoyed capturing facial expressions in portraits. During her school years, she was recognized in the local newspaper, on television, and in local art exhibits. As a young adult and mother, she was given the opportunity to study under an accomplished master artist from Carmel Valley, California, but chose instead to devote all her time to her young family. Her art took a back seat for many years as her passion for working with children grew. Julie is excited to be able to combine her passion for children with her love of art as the illustrator of her first children’s book.