Julie Fortenberry was born in southern California and moved to New York City to attend Hunter College where she earned an MFA in painting. Her abstract artwork has been exhibited in New York galleries including White Columns and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She’s illustrated several picture books, including Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting (a 2012 Children’s Choices book). Julie’s recently published picture book The Artist and the King is her first book as both author and illustrator. She lives in Chatham County, North Carolina, where she shares a studio with her husband, Don. To learn more about her work, go to www.juliefortenberry.com.