Jacquie Gillespie was born in a small prairie town in southwest Manitoba. She followed a Commercial Art program at Assiniboine College in the 1960s, and worked as a commercial artist in Winnipeg from 1969 to 1973. She traveled across western Canada in the mid-70s before settling in London, Ontario, in 1975. Since graduating with a Fine Arts Diploma from Fanshawe College in the late 1970s, she has participated in a number of solo and group shows, winning several awards from the Canadian Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. She managed the Forest City Gallery from 1984-1988. She has employed a broad range of medium, ranging from specific site installation to painting. Since 2010, she has been creating richly textured landscapes of the Canadian prairies, capturing the ever changing quality of their vast, endless sky and the vivid transformations that accompany each season.
My paintings are the loves of my life in the sense that I paint what I love. To an 11 year old girl, the prairies seemed kind of unexciting, but over the years I have learned to see their complex beauty. My work is inspired by the French impressionists and rooted in my history.