Camille Souter was born in Northhampton, England, in 1929. She was raised in Ireland and studied nursing at Guy’s Hospital, London before taking up painting while on a trip to Italy during the mid-1950s. Returning to Ireland in 1956, Souter began her career as an artist in earnest.
Souter won the Landscape Award at the Oireachtas Exhibition in 1973, the Gainey Award with Patrick Collins in 1975, the Prix de Ville de Monaco 1977 and first prize at the Claremorris Exhibition in 1978. The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin held a major retrospective of her work in 1980 and she has also exhibited in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, the RHA Annual, Independent Artists and the Oireachtas Exhibition. Souter is an Honorary member of the RHA and a member of Aosdána. She was elected Saoi of Aosdána in a ceremony presided over by President of Ireland Mary McAleese in November 2009, where she was presented with the symbol of the office of Saoi, the gold Torc. She lives on Achill Island.