After a Convent School education, Truda Lane studied at Ealing College of Art & the Slade (where she was awarded prizes for figure & landscape drawing and a scholarship for extended study). Before teaching Art at Bury Grammar & the North London Collegiate School, Truda worked at the College of Arms in London.
In 1958 she married John Lane, a painter & writer, whom she had met at the Slade. The couple moved to Yorkshire and lived on and near the North Yorkshire moors; between 1960 and 1969 they had four sons. After 1965 Truda and John moved to a very different kind of countryside – the alley of the River Torridge at Beaford in North Devon which has never ceased to delight. But alongside all these moves and responsibilities Truda has continued to draw whenever and wherever possible.