Jackie Stafford was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lives on a farm with two horses, two donkeys, 3 cats and a dog who keep her very busy. When she is not sifting kitty litter, shovelling manure, hauling hay, walking the dog and vacuuming pet hair she can be found working on one of the thousands of illustrations and over 40 books she has created over the past 30 years.
After studying illustration at OCAD she began her career working three-dimensionally, later switching to water color and finally digital art on her Wacom Cintiq. During her career she has been fortunate to work with many wonderful clients around the world. Her colorful illustrations of animals and images for young children have been used on a vast variety of projects including picture books, games, coloring books, magazines, displays, posters, t-shirts and web sites.
Jackie is well known for always meeting deadlines and prides herself on producing consistent, high quality images. Over the years she has formed many long time relationships with clients with whom she has kept in touch. She has had lengthy contracts with several publications including More, Chickadee and Chirp Magazines where her work has been featured monthly for over two decades. Her work has been used on projects for many large companies including Disney, Nestle, British Airways, Kraft foods and most of the major publishers in Canada, the UK and USA. Jackie is a member of the SCBWI.