Carolyn was born in Wallasey, England, across the legendary Mersey River from Liverpool. She came to Canada as a child just after the Second World War and grew up in a francophone section of Quebec City.

She returned to England in 1961 to study at the Liverpool College of Art. She was an early fan of The Beatles and could be found on the dance floor whenever they played a local club. That first year was followed by three more at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Quebec. After graduation she exhibited with La Cimaise gallery in Toronto from 1967-1974. A life-long learner, she returned to university and completed an honours degree in film and earned a Bachelor of Education. Wanting to experience a new environment and different culture while contributing professionally, Carolyn went on to teach Cree children in an isolated northern fly-in post inland from James Bay in North-Western Ontario.

While chartering an aircraft home after a trip south, Carolyn met and fell in love with a bush pilot who owned a small aviation company. She relished many great adventures all over the the north. Her artistic eye absorbed the light, the colour of the land and the energy of the people.

They later moved to northern Manitoba but on another move, this time south to Winnipeg, a plane crash took the life of her partner. It was a stressful time. Carolyn describes it as “there were so many changes, it felt like being abandoned on a new planet with the support ship cut off”. Pulling herself up out of the tragedy, she turned to another art form: physical theatre. She registered for classes in unicycle riding, juggling, clowning and improv comedy…the latter of which unleashed a passion and a talent for performing professionally.

Carolyn was 40 years old when she first stepped on a stage. She was a natural. Two years later the crowd roared as she took to the stage in front of 40,000 people for the closing night of Expo 86 at BC Place. Since then Carolyn has earned a living as an entertainer. She has developed several quirky stage personas but has had the most success wearing a tiara and gloves performing comedy as the Queen of England.

Meanwhile she built a studio in her Victoria backyard so that she could nourish her life-long love of the visual arts. Today she has carved out time in a busy performing schedule to create dramatic paintings, beautiful drawings while traveling abroad, illustrative work for two high profile court cases and has painted an exuberant 25’ x 15’ mural for “Café Casablanca” at John and Bridge Streets in Victoria, British Columbia.

Other interests are comedy magic, dancing Argentine tango and writing poetry.