Pickard was 30 years old when she finally overcame her family’s resistance to her choice of career and enrolled at the Slade School of Art. She later trained in Paris. By the end of the first world war she had became a conspicuous exhibitor at the New English Art Club, along with Walker, Sands and others. Her work reflects what critic D.S. MacColl tartly called ‘a field surrendered to [women artists] by the men of their generation’, often repeating subjects (she could rarely afford models) drawn from her immediate surroundings.