Gladys Maccabe born 1918 randalstown, County Antrim Northern Ireland. Her mother was a designer in the linen trade and father George Chalmers, a Scot, was an artist specialising in calligraphy and illumination. One of her ancestors was the famous 18th century Scottish painter, Sir George Chalmers.
She had a picture published in the Royal Drawings Society's magazine at just aged 16 years old. She went on to study at the Belfast college of Art. 1941 she married fellow artist and musician Max Maccabe. Gladys and Max exhibited together on many occasions, starting in Ireland at Robinson and Cleaver in Belfast and in England at Kensington Art Gallery in 1949.
During the 1960s she was a fashion and arts correspondent for newspapers and television.
Much of her depicts gatherings of people but she also painted flowers still life and a variety of abstract works.