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 Australian Artist, Roy Churcher at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane.
During this time, Herbert 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, Herbert changed direction and opened her dress design shop, specialising in screen printed original designs, which she ran successfully for three years.
During this period, Herbert 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.
Herbert settled in Maleny in 1992 and in 1993 Madeline started her long love affair with Italy, travelling to Tuscany and Florence where she rented a villa, and spent several months painting and touring Europe. Herbert has won numerous awards for her watercolours and pastels.