Gillian was born in Edinburgh shortly before the start of WWII. Her parents were painters and pacifists. They took the unpopular path of working the land instead of fighting in the war. This led to Gillian developing a keen understanding of color through the nature and landscapes she was immersed in as a child. When Gillian started at Chelsea School of Art in 1957, she painted from a palette her eyes had been trained to see. To her surprise Gillian’s time was spent defending this shocking new style, as opposed to the monochrome Euston Road and Kitchen Sink colors which were then in vogue. However, when Lawrence Gowing became Principal a year later, the school was revitalized and embraced Gillian’s use of color. Throughout her life Gillian has operated in many roles and mediums: running a successful model-making company in London, Painter, Etcher, Filmmaker, Tree- Activist and Photographer. Gillian’s life and artistic process continues to be inextricably tied to nature. Having moved to Los Angeles, she now exhibits regularly with L.A. Center for Digital Art (LACDA) where she is a Member Artist.