Jeff Willmore was born in Toronto in 1954. He pursued studies in Design prior to completing a Diploma of Fine Art at Fanshawe College in 1980. He has exhibited on a consistent basis since that time in public and commercial galleries throughout Ontario, establishing a strong regional profile. Past exhibitions have often combined painting with storytelling and other performances. The Canadian Council Art Bank, Museum London and the University of Western Ontario include Willmore's paintings among their collections. His work is also in many private collections and he received the Canadian Emerging Artist's Prize, sponsored by Connor Clark Private Trust and the Canadian Art Foundation, in 1999.