Carol Rhodes was born in Edinburgh. She grew up in Bengal and returned to the United Kingdom at the age of fourteen to complete her education. She studied painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1977 to 1982. After a five-year gap, Rhodes resumed painting in 1990 and held her first solo exhibition in 1998. She was known for her paintings of fictional, apparently insignificant, landscapes which are usually viewed from an aerial perspective, which makes them look almost abstract. Her works are in major collections including Tate, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut.