After training and working as a zoologist, Dafila Scott turned to drawing and painting. She studied under Robin Child at Lydgate Art Research Centre in Wiltshire.
Much of her work is inspired by wildlife and landscape as well as animals or places with which she has become familiar. More recently, she has concentrated on abstract landscape in which she tries to find an essence of place which will bring together memories of past experiences with recent ones.
In 2014 she won the Birdwatch/Swarovski prize at the Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. Her work often arises from regular visits to Wales and to the Kalahari. However, she is equally happy to gain inspiration at home in the garden or on the surrounding fenland.