Born in England, Wilson migrated to Australia with her family as a child. She was educated at Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne and went on to the National Gallery school where she was taught by Bernard Hall and Frederick McCubbin.
Wilson gained esteem early in her career, in particular for her etchings, pastels and oil paintings. Her still life, nudes and portraits were noted for their fine draughtsmanship. Wilson later became well-known for her street scenes of Melbourne, which typically featured tree-lines streets with trams, long shadows and dappled light. An exhibition at the Fine Art Society Gallery, Melbourne, was entirely devoted to this subject.
Wilson was commissioned to paint European landmarks and spent several years abroad, exhibiting in London in 1928. Her style has levity and life, engages a bright palette and simple, broad impasto brushwork. Wilson is represented in most State galleries, as well as the Castlemaine and Bendigo galleries in Victoria.
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