Carmen was born in Positano, Italy, where she grew up with an Australian mother and a group of international artists who taught her to draw at an early age. After training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, she spent some years working as an actress in various theater companies, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and opposite John Turturro in Secret Passage. After a series of profound dream experiences, she turned to painting and writing as forms of consciousness research. Exhibitions include venues in Florence, Rome, Genova, Pescara, London, Vienna, New Mexico, Boston and Salem. Moon with Owls won the Premio Giorgione for alchemical art in Vicenza. She has created the Pholarchos Tarot, a unique 78 card deck with an international following. For an MA at TUS: Art, Psyche and the Creative Imagination, she is currently writing a practice manual for the Pholarchos Tarot that is based on alchemy, dream incubation, individuation and poetic inquiry—it includes new forms of dreamwork and creative ways to use the tarot.


Selected Studies and Personal Development

Current MA: Art Psyche & the Creative Imagination

1990-93 Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

1998 Noh theatre apprenticeship with Naohiko Umewaka, Tokyo.  

2014-15 Certificate from Liz Greene’s CPA

2017-18 Certified Dreamwork practitioner, DreamStar Institute  

Lucid Dream courses with Robert Waggoner, Ed Kellogg, Charley Morley.