Julie Dupré Buckner has been drawing and painting since she was a child. She is the owner of True Colors Studio and a freelance illustrator for JDBuckner Studio. She has completed more than six hundred commercial illustrations and several print advertising projects. A member of the Society of Children’™s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Portrait Society of America, the American Society of Portrait Artists, and the Louisiana Art & Artists’™ Guild, Buckner was the featured artist for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Art Auction. Her illustrations have been displayed at the Irving Art Center Museum in Texas and Children’™s Museum in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Buckner received a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University and studied art in Italy. She has been honored with numerous awards during her design and illustration career, including an ADDY Award, a national packaging award for Georgie’™s Old Fashioned Nut Cakes, and praise for her work on advertising campaigns for Rolex USA, Mikimoto, and David Yurman. Buckner has also designed several silver-plate ornaments for Lee Michaels and set up their digital camera studio. She was the art director for Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry and staff illustrator for MacDonald Classified Service.
Buckner lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana, with her husband, Harry, and her children, Ben, Miriam, and Melinda.