Gwenda Morgan was born in Petworth, West Sussex, and studied at Goldsmith's College of Art in London. She continued her education at Grosvenor School of Modern Art with a focus in wood engraving under Scottish artist Iain Macnab. During the Second World War she served in the Women's Land Army undertaking various agricultural jobs. Morgan returned to wood engraving following the war and was commissioned to illustrate various books for private presses. Much of her work was inspired by the landscape and buildings around Petworth where she lived most of her life. She exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Redfern Gallery, and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers.