When she was a teenager, Atteck’s family moved from Rio Claro to Port-of-Spain where, with the encouragement of her grandmother, she was exposed to music, crochet, embroidery, floral arrangements, and the design of Carnival costumes. After leaving high school in 1928, she began working at the Botanical Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, taking a brief absence in 1934 to attend the Regent Street Polytechnic. In the early 1940s, she continued her studies in the arts at schools in Peru and the USA. Atteck was also a sculptor and completed works for the Trinidad Hilton Hotel and the Malick Roman Catholic Church. She was the first Secretary of the Trinidad Art Society, later becoming its President and gaining honorary life membership.