Carol Lynn was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, but in 1962 the family moved to Red Deer, Alberta, which is still her home today.

Although she was always drawing as a child, her first interest was in architectural design and drafting, which led to a 25 year career in community planning. In 2007 she started painting with watercolours on her summer vacations, learning from library books and the odd weekend art course. Retirement came in 2011, and she pursued her art with focus, which culminated in her first solo show in 2013, titled “Nature in the City”.

She has been a supporter and active member of numerous arts organizations and has been featured in many group shows, both locally and provincially. Her embossed watercolour painting called Water was selected in a juried art exhibition titled “Rooted in the Arts”, as part of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artists Awards, which was hosted  at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer. 

From 2013 to 2018 she focused on en plein air style of watercolour painting and had numerous solo shows in this medium, namely Life of a River: Maps and Landscapes, which was shown at two galleries in Alberta. Her softly painted landscapes were often described as luminous and in this sense she depicts the common scene as a sacred place – capturing the light and spirit of the landscape. Currently she paints with acrylics or oils and often plays with emotion and the memory of place to convey her emotional attachment to the land. She enjoys camping, hiking and backpacking and often paints on her travels. She continues to explore themes of land, water, and the impact of human development in her art.