Dale was born in Geelong, and grew up travelling between, Frankston and South East Queensland with her parents. After backpacking through Europe and America, visiting London, Paris and New York, she was determined to go to an art school and make art her career. Dale completed a TOP Art course at Frankston TAFE, and gained entry to Prahran CAE, completing a Diploma of Art and Design (Painting), in 1982  Her teachers were Jeff Makin, Vic Mazner, Leslie Dumbrell, Helen Gaier and Roger Kemp.
        Dale completed a Graduate Dip of Education and worked as an art teacher at Hamilton Technical School for 4 years.  She then travelled through SA, WA and arrived in the NT and lived and taught in Darwin for 10 years as part of Sanderson High School's Art Dept. On returning to Queensland Dale set about undertaking a number of professional development short courses including Marketing your Art and joined a number of Art Associations and began exhibiting her work on a regular basis.