Lynne Cartlidge was born in 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand and lived in Cornwall between 1967 and 1984.
She studied art at Falmouth Art College and then Cardiff Art College attaining a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree in 1987 when one of her figurative paintings was selected for the Whitworth Young Contemporaries.
Lynne's teachers included the painters Terry Setch, Cherry Pickles and Mike Crowther. More recently she has enjoyed studying with Alice Mumford at the St Ives School of Painting and Rose Hilton at the Newlyn School of Art.
Lynne was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Wales in 2014 for further study with Alice Mumford. In 2017 she was elected into the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, which coincided with a two-person exhibition at David Simon Contemporary.