Illustrator Jacqui C. Smith graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BA in Film & Video: Traditional Animation. Jacqui currently resides in Burbank, California where she pursues freelance projects and manages Cope Studios: The Haven, a Professional Fine Art Studio.
Growing up, Jacqui enjoyed arts and crafts projects which evolved into a love for mixed media art and animation, traditional animation, painting, and illustrating. As a fairly versatile artist, she discovered her love of wood illustrating and works with wood in various forms.
The main inspiration for her artwork stems from her desire to see women of color in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and beliefs lifted up and encouraged. She hopes to spread this message through her artwork.