Born in Broughton, Lancashire Hale’s artistic talents were recognised by her teachers at school, and her headmistress encouraged the young artist to pursue her passion. She attended art courses in Manchester and later attended the University College in Reading. In 1917 Hale moved to London to establish herself as an artist, and developed her artistic training further at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. She worked as secretary to the artist Augustus John, through whom she became acquainted with the larger artistic community. By the 1920s Hale was working as an independent illustrator, receiving commissions to illustrate children’s books, book jackets and advertisement posters. Hale was famed throughout her long career as an illustrator for her distinctive colourful approach. She was awarded the O.B.E. in 1976 for her services to art.