Carolyn was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and loved art from an early age. That environment strongly influenced her direction in art. Following graduation from a California interior design school Carolyn formed her own design firm which she ran for 18 years. In 2000 she and her husband retired to the Sierra foothills and she began to paint in earnest. Her work has received many local and regional awards including cover artist for the Sierra Art Trails catalog 2018.