Madeline Herbert was born in London, England and studied at Ealing Art College. In May of 1960, she arrived in Australia from the Untied Kingdom and commenced Studies with Roy Churcher at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane.
During this time, Madeline began work in Window Display, Mural Backdrops and Dress Design. Whilst working in this capacity, she married and raised two boys. As the children grew, Madeline changed direction and opened her Dress Design Shop, specialling in screen printed original designs, which she ran successfully for three years.
During this period, Madeline pursued her love of art in the media of pastel and watercolour. She also participated in art workshops with Penny Edwards, Charles Ludlow, Eric Whisson and Lois Beumer at R.Q.A.S.
Madeline settled in Maleny in 1992. She worked and studied with George Hazzard. In 1993Madeline started her love affair with Italy, travelling to Tuscany and Florence where she rented a villa, and spent several months painting and touring Europe. Madeline has won many awards for her watercolours and pastels