Eardley began her artistic career studying at Goldsmith’s and the GSA. Under the guidance of Hugh Adam Crawford, Eardley began to shape her painting practice. After spending time in Hospitalfield with James Cowie, Eardley returned to the GSA to continue post-Diploma studies. In 1948, Eardley travelled through France and Italy, the works inspired and produced during this trip were exhibited at her first solo exhibition at the GSA in 1949.
Eardley found inspiration in her surroundings: painting haunting portraits and nostalgic landscapes using a unique range of colours and strong compositional lines, both signature trademarks of Eardley’s style.