Paula had studied painting and lithography in Southport, received her teaching certificate from London University and later travelled to Paris to study printmaking under the eminent S W Hayter. On returning to UK she had set up a studio in Edinburugh for two years, and immidiately responded to vitality and colour of Scottish painters.

She was inspired by colour in landscape and gardens, particularly near her home in the North West of England. She was one of a small number of painters, who braved the elements to work 'en plein air' in all weather and seasons. Outside Paula used water based paints and oils.

Her abstract paintings evolved from studies made in gardens exploring rich patterns, textures and vibrant colours using pastels, gouache and acrylics.

In 2005 Paula retired from teaching to paint full time. She painted many great works before she passed away in May 2011.