Josée Bellemare grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. Her early drawing talents were cultivated with many art classes, and she later attended the Visual Arts Concentration and Enrichment Centre Programmes at De-La-Salle Secondary School. She furthered her studies at Sheridan College, where she was a graduate of Classical Animation. Josée then pursued a career as an animator in the Toronto area, working on such projects as The Goofy Movie, Space Jam, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

She is now working on an independant animated short titled In the Factory, for which she was awarded grants from both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Fragrant Garden is her first picture book.

Josée and her husband Gary live in downtown Toronto, where they are renovating a century home.