Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gill Douglas worked variously as a secretary and a social worker before completely changing direction at the age of 27. After five years at art college, in 1976 she qualified with a Diploma in Theatre Design at Nottingham and then came to York to work as a designer for the Theatre Royal for a year.
A period of freelance designing followed and in 1989 after a lengthy time of illness, she began to paint again and started working full-time as an Artist and Theatre Designer. By 1998 she was painting full-time . Since 2004 she has been studying for a Diploma in Printmaking part-time at York College. Now having bought her own printing press she works as a Painter/Printmaker from ‘The Lighthouse’, her studio and home, high above the bustling streets in the heart of York.