Born in Norfolk, Gilly has lived and painted in East Anglia for most of her life, drawing inspiration from the shoreline and river valleys and, more recently, the post-industrial buildings and riverbanks of the city. She works in oils, acrylics, watercolours and ink, from nature and imagination.
Having studied Fine Art and Art History at UCS, Chelmer Institute and the Ecole du Louvre, Gilly has exhibited at the Ferini Gallery in Lowestoft and has taken part in Suffolk Open Studios and Black Dog Arts exhibitions. ‘Earth and Water’, a collaborative exhibition at the Fisher Theatre Gallery with ceramicist Martin Dickens, was held in March 2017 in memory of her son Rowan Draper. Later ventures include illustrating the children's book, 'Pueo' and album designs for the British Arts Council project, 'Kolar's Gold'.
'Trajectories', an exhibition of Gilly's recent work, was held at the Anteros Gallery, Norwich, in September 2020. She is currently working on illustrations (and a few poems) for 'Lockdown Poetry', a collection of work by local poet, David Moore.
Gilly is happy to accept commissions and prints of her paintings are available on request. A donation from sales goes to the Brake road safety charity.