One of Australia's foremost illustrators, Julie Vivas's work for the world renowned Possum Magic (written by Mem Fox) began a career as a children's illustrator that has since seen the creation of some very important picture books. Julie was born in Adelaide, lived in Melbourne and Sydney as a child, and later studied interior design in Sydney. After living in Spain for a number of years she returned to Sydney with her family and her illustrating career began with "The Tram to Bondi Beach". Her very distinctive watercolour style is seen in such well-known books as "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge", "The Nativity", "Let the Celebrations Begin", "Let's Eat", "Hello Baby", and "Sleepy Pendoodle". Julie has always dealt with controversial issues in her pictures in an uncompromising and down-to-earth way. Julie's most recent title is "Cuddle Time" (written by Libby Gleeson).
Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1992).