Painter, born in Wick, Caithness. After studying at Edinburgh College of Art, 1972–6, she was granted an Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarship, 1976–7. From 1978 she had a series of solo shows at 369 Gallery, Edinburgh, and she showed in many exhibitions of mixed work in Scotland and London. In the 1980s she tended to abandon her earlier style employing flat areas of colour and black lines for more vigorous brushwork, her palette gaining strength. From 1984, Carlisle lived in Crete and Scotland. Later group exhibitions included Lord Provost’s Prize Exhibition, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 1998; and Expressions: Scottish Art, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Contemporary Arts Gallery, Dundee, both 2000. Later solo exhibitions included Archeus Fine Art, 2001, sponsored by Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh, where Carlisle had been artist-in-residence from 1999.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)