Julia Helen Jeffrey is a Scottish artist and illustrator. She studied painting at the famous, Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed, Glasgow School of Art. Her main artistic aim has always been to capture feeling, as expressed through the face and figure. Gradually, through the years, her work has come back closer to the things which first inspired her to want to draw and paint; the sense of magic in the atmosphere of the Scottish countryside, which she experienced in childhood holidays and day-trips, exploring ruined castles and clambering over cairns, and the incredible power of illustrated books to utterly transport you to another world!
Her faery and fantasy-themed work, of recent years, has attracted considerable acclaim and attention, with features in numerous fantasy journals. October 2008 saw the publication of her first book cover (and illustrations) for the young-adult fantasy novel Lament (by Maggie Stiefvater), followed in 2009 by more sinister supernatural fare for fellow Scot Daniel McGachey’s They That Dwell In Dark Places. Her work also features alongside celebrated artists and best-selling authors including Neil Gaiman, Holly Black and Charles De Lint, in the illustrated short story collection Ravens In The Library.