Carolyn lives in London and France. She studied art and graphic design at St Martins School of Art in London and Bath Academy of Art. For several years she has worked as an illustrator for publishing, advertising and graphic design companies contributing to several publications. She also works as a gardener, painting plants and flowers in watercolour brings together her love of art and gardening. Her inspiration for painting comes from growing her own plants, providing fascinating material to illustrate, from the forming of buds to the developing seedpods.
In 2011, she studied for a diploma in Botanical Painting at the English Gardening School for which she was awarded ‘Distinction’ and ‘Best Student’. She has won two RHS medals for her botanical paintings at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art Show; a Gold and ‘Best Exhibit’ in 2011 and a Silver in 2016.
The RHS Lindley Library have purchased two of her paintings for its collection; Helleborus x hybridus and Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’. In America, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation also holds one of her paintings in its collection.
Her most recent work includes her new book, New Ideas in Botanical Painting Published by Batsford Books, illustrations for Darphin Paris and several private commissions.