Fiona Smyth was born in Montreal in 1964. She began drawing as early as she can remember. Her parents would bring home reams of used paper from their work or studies, and she and her two younger sisters would draw and paint on them. As a child, Fiona enjoyed astronomy, archaeology, and art. Art stuck.

Some of her favorite books while growing up were The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeRumble Fish, and Dune. She also read Mad Magazine, and Asterix and Obelix.

In 1978, Fiona’s family moved from Montreal to Toronto. She went from a private girls’ school in Montreal to the high school art program at Central Technical Collegiate in Toronto. She then went to OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) where she studied printmaking and painting. Her parents were very supportive of her art career.