Born in Melbourne, the second of five children Porter’s father was Clive Porter who escaped the farm and then the priesthood to work in marketing. He was an ambitious entrepreneur who cultivated a positive mindset and was a leader in bringing the US self-help industry to Australia. From her mother Porter acquired an aptitude for writing and the arts.

On finishing a convent school education Porter went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Anthropology. An eye on going to art school, she attended NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) and studied for a Diploma in Fine Art. After travelling extensively around Europe she attended the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design at the London Metropolitan University studying a Bachelor of Fine Art. Her tutors included Professor Patrick Brill, artist known as Bob and Roberta Smith and artist Rosemary McGoldrick.

For 4 years Porter worked at the National Portrait Gallery and developed an interest in portraiture. Moving to Dorset in 2010 her art practice has included both local and remembered landscapes from her homeland Australia. 

Porter enjoys writing and performance and includes both of these forms in her art practice. She writes for several publications including Bridport Times and Living Quietly. She works from her studio Front Room Workshop in Bridport, Dorset.