Lucy Mary Wiles (Mullins) was born in Johannesburg, 1918. Wiles originally trained as a nurse. She also studied under Nils Andersen and Walter Gilbert Wiles and studied on part-time basis art at the Johannesburg School of Art and Barnato Park School. Her earlier art work were signed as Lucy Wiles until her marriage in 1953. Lucy’s work was on Xhosa people in the Transkei. She spent a lot of time on river beds, villages and trading stores while doing her portraits.