Jill Halliday is a classically trained Animator. After graduating from the Sheridan College Classical Animation Program in 1983, Jill moved from her home in Toronto to Ottawa, then in 1986 settled in Almonte. She incorporated in 1996 and went on to enjoy a long career in the Animation Industry, working for various International Studios, including Nickelodeon, Walt Disney, Universal and Warner Brothers. Her work took her to Hollywood, New York City and Berlin. In 1994, Jill was honoured with an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her work on “Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?”
During her 20-plus years in the industry, Jill remained steadily employed as revealed in her IMBD’s long list of programs. When Jill is asked, of all the shows she worked on, which is her favourite, the answer is always the same; “’Ren & Stimpy’ Seasons One & Two. BEST. GIG. EVER!”
In 2002, just days after her fortieth birthday, Jill underwent emergency brain surgery. The fallout abruptly ended Jill’s career, and forced her into intense physical therapy. Over the next few years, she would relearn how to walk, talk, and how to hold a pencil.
2019Jill continues to work from her Almonte Studio. Today, her drawings and paintings hang in private collections as far away as New Zealand.
“My Calling was Animation, and my love affair was, and still is, drawing and the intimacy between a 2B pencil and paper. I continue to draw on a daily basis only nowadays I am no longer shackled by the rigid rules of the commercial animation industry. For the first time since kindergarten my drawings are my own.
When asked where she is going from here, she replies,
“I have no idea. Wanna come?”