Judi Island received her Honours B.A. from the Fine Art program at McMaster University She then received her B. Ed. from the University of Toronto. She studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.
Judi worked as an assistant Curator at the Oakville Centennial Gallery, Oakville,ON. Judi taught art, sculpture, graphic art and photography for 15 years in the Specialized Arts Program at ‘Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts’ at the Toronto District School Board. She also taught Photography and Art at ‘Papakura High School’, New Zealand and at ‘Bega High School’ in NSW, Australia.