The Artist:  Julie Byrd Diana
A little bit about Julie...

Julie Byrd Diana was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana. She attended West Lafayette schools,
where her childhood love of art really began to blossom. Her instructors encouraged Julie to embrace her
creative side through the use of many different mediums with challenging projects that helped to build the
foundation for her artistic endeavors to come.

In 2004, Julie graduated Purdue University with Honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in West
Lafayette, Indiana. She then moved to the Charleston, South Carolina area, near part of her family. After
several years in Charleston, she returned to Lafayette, Indiana to begin a career with her father’s family
business while continuing to paint or pick up the pastels for relaxation and enjoyment. Her painting
hobby began to evolve, as more and more people noticed her works, commenting on the rich texture and
style, often asking to purchase them.

Julie’s first year professionally promoting her artwork into the Lafayette community, was quite the
success, earning her works acceptance into several juried art fair events around Indiana and a Purchase
Award for one of her paintings at highly acclaimed juried, Round the Fountain Art Fair, 2018 in
Lafayette, Indiana. Julie knew then, that she had made the right decision to begin professionally
exhibiting her artwork.

Julie and her husband decided in 2020 to move back to the South, near the rest of the family again in the
Charleston area, after her father suddenly became ill and passed away in 2019. Coming back to
Charleston has been a beacon of light amid her personal loss and the COVID-19 challenges of 2020. The
Charleston community has given Julie refreshing inspiration with the surrounding natural beauty of the
Lowcountry, storied history, culture and love for the Arts that Charleston and its residents share.

Julie is a passionate person that is dedicated to many different paths that life has to offer. Using art as her
personal meditation and healing outlet, drives Julie’s creativity: the paint and brushes being her therapist.
She has faced some major life challenges with chronic Lyme Disease and loss of loved ones, as well as
blessings in life, such as meeting her soul mate and having extraordinary family and friends. These
challenges and blessings have greatly influenced her works as her career continues to evolve and grow.

Her unique style of art, whether it be the impressionist acrylic paintings, thick with texture or the realistic
portraits of animals and humans with pastels, continue to advance with time. Landscapes, still life,
nature, animals, the human form and portraits are often seen in her work, however she is by no means
limited to these subject areas only.

***For more information or to see more of Julie's work, please visit her Facebook or Instagram. She may also be reached via email: Julie at

***Julie's logo design and photos of her work were done by Justin Colter of JC Design. Justin's contact info: jmcolter at
In Loving Memory of My Biggest Art Fan: My Dad, Bob Byrd
In Loving Memory of My Biggest Art Fan: My Dad, Bob Byrd