Giddens was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the age of 5 she decided to be an artist and has been focused on art throughout her life. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Art in education at the University of Florida. She has worked as a teacher’s aide, graphic artist, and art professor at a community college. Now legally deaf, Giddens has nerve loss on her left side and cannot speak or use her left arm. She has time now to concentrate fully on her painting and drawing and is a member of VSA of Florida. Giddens primarily creates realistic landscapes of the natural environment, some surrealism, abstract, and humorous paintings. All of her work expresses her passionate concern for conserving the environment. As a painter for more than 30 years, she has exhibited nationally in hundreds of art shows, has had three one-person shows and has participated in numerous group shows. She has painted two nature dioramas for a natural history museum, won many awards, and is included in many collections.