Born in Georgia and raised in North Carolina, Gilles was transplanted to the left coast where he received his Bachelor of Arts in fine arts from San Francisco State University. His work is in the permanent collections of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach Florida, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach Florida and the Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis California. Gilles' work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. While pursuing the practice art Gilles has also worked as a papermaker, bookbinder, and printer. He currently lives and works in Folsom California.