Bachelor, Wellesley College, 1956. Postgraduate, New York Institute of Finance, 1972—1973. Postgraduate, University Houston, 1974.
She set up the Digital Giraffe in 1994, an online monthly art journal. She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Whitaker has collected African Tribal Art and Indian art, and donated them to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Before becoming a digital artist, Whitaker worked in black and white art photography.
In 1994, Whitaker set up the Digital Giraffe, a monthly online art journal which she edits, publishes, programs, and designs. The Digital Giraffe shows digital sculptures, models and paintings, and has articles, critiques, quizzes, and other writings.
In 1994, Whitaker also gave the first lecture on digital art, called “Look Ma, Number Paintbrush!”, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California. Whitaker has lectured in schools, universities, and museums.
Her work has been published in over 100 books, magazines, catalogs and newspapers.
Her work can be found extensively on websites online. She has been mentioned in many books including “Art of the Digital Age”, “Women Artists in the Visual Arts”, and “Women Artists of the American West”. Whitaker has also published 12 books of digital painting and poetry, as well as 2 catalogs
Whitaker’s art has been exhibited worldwide, with more than 200 group shows and 100 solo shows, including in the Biennale International Art Exhibition in Florence, Italy, Austin Museum of Digital Art, and the Museum of Computer Artist
She has numerous pieces of digital sculpture in DAAP, the world"s first international virtual online sculpture park, and exhibited in the exhibition “Masters of Digital Art” at the Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco.
In 2015 her solo show of digital paintings, sculptures and 3D printed sculptures, "Number Rules",() was held at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame, California. Another solo show, "Cybersphere" took place at Stanford Art Spaces on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California.
Whitaker was one of the first to print original digital images on canvas, aluminum, Plexiglas, copper, and brass, and is among the pioneering artists working in rapid prototyping. She was invited to participate as a "distintguished artist" in the International Digital Sculpture Exhibition entitled "3D Printing and the Arts: What Things May Come" at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, as well as the International Solid FreeForm Fabrication Symposium at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.
Board directors women's division, national publicity chairman Aerospace Medical Association, 1964. Member Millionaires Club, 1973—1975. Lecturer African art, docent leader Rice University Media Center Art to Schools Program, 1974—1975.
Member business and industry committee women's council Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 1978. Member of Los Angeles Floor Brokers Association (founder), National Museum Women in Arts (charter), Los Angeles County Museum, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Friends of Photography, Norton Simon Museum, Wellesley College Alumnae Club (chairman special gifts division Washington area 1964), Century Club, Bateman Eichler Hill Richards Inc., Phi Beta Kappa.
Children: Nanette Cooper McGuinness, Robin Cooper Feldman.