Born in Geraldton, Jackie spent her childhood growing up on the beach. It was an absolute treasure trove of discovery with the abundant ocean, the rock pools, the ever-changing seasons and the beautiful colours.
Her dream was to become a commercial artist but upon leaving school I was sent off to Underwoods Business College to ensure I had a ‘sensible’ career. Following completion of the year, I worked at UWA Speech and Music Department for a year but found it unrewarding. I then set off on a ten-year sojourn of travel around Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, Israel, Ireland, UK and Europe. I landed back in WA to the Gascoyne region where I spent six months prospecting for gold and then lay roots in Dampier where I lived for the next seven years.