Gillie has always drawn and painted but it wasn't until she turned 40 that she took up art seriously and later went on to take a degree.

She graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in Creative Arts (Fine Art and Textiles) and has exhibited both her paintings and art textiles extensively. These days her work mainly comprises commissions. Her style and subject matter have evolved and changed over the years and has included portraiture, still life and large abstract paintings but Gillie feels most excited and creative when drawing inspiration from the natural world.