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Raised in a Cuban household in Miami, Julissa's main influences and passion stem from her family and culture. Drawing as a child she was no stranger to awards, deepening her desire to develop her skills as a professional artist. She went on to graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her artwork has been featured in a major motion picture where she portrayed the artist, sharing in a scene with Harrison Ford. With over 8 years of training and building on her skill, Julissa brings a wealth of industry experience. Today she is known for her teen girls and her whimsical, dreamy, and candy-like creations. She has served clients such as American Girl, American Greeting Corp., Duopress Books, Educational Insights, Highlights, National Geographic School Publishing, Oxford University Press, Peaceable Kingdom, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Target, and many more.
Her energy and enthusiasm have also driven her to head up a beaming and successful illustration group of illustrators from all over the world. Having illustrated over 23 children’s books with many more on the way. Her group has been featured in “Where Women Create” magazine along with top industry design blogs Julissa lives and works out of her home studio in Austin, Texas where she finds inspiration on a daily bases.