Born in 1934, Gillian Whaite was the daughter of the artist Henry Clarence Whaite (1895-1978). After studying at the Slade School of Fine Art and at the Royal Academy Schools, she became a lecturer at St. Gabriel's College of Education in 1959. Whaite exhibited frequently throughout her career, including the Camden Arts Centre in 1982 and Royal Free Hospital in 1983. Gillian also exhibited with her father at South London Art Gallery in 1979. Gillian passed away in 2012. Her work is held by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.