Semple was born in Scotland and grew up in southern Ontario. Immediately after high school she moved to Toronto to
and mould making at OCAD University which included an exchange program in Florence Italy and a term studying at the
Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.
After college she worked as a scenic artist in theatre and the film business while maintaining her own art practice.
In 1989 Semple moved to Vancouver to concentrate on her own work and to continue her studies, completing her BFA at
ECUAD. She is currently living in Victoria BC.