Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Carlyn received her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Ms. Tucker has taught in a variety of contexts, including the Cornish College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Seattle, the University of Northern Iowa, and The Greenville Art Museum School. Her work has been exhibited often and is in a number of both public and private collections including the Seattle Art Museum, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.