Carolyn Mae Lassiter was raised in Ahoskie, North Carolina where her family worked as share-croppers until she was twelve years old. Picking cotton, tobacco and peanuts alongside her family, she spent very little time in school. Carolyn developed her interest in art during the early 1970’s when she and her husband, Edmond Rabkin, lived in Mexico with a family of indigenous artists. A self-taught artist, she began drawing on barkpaper in 1975, and started to add paint to her drawings in 1989. Her artwork has been critically acclaimed at shows internationally. Carolyn’s work includes various types of multimedia art. Carolyn has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1982.