Carolina Cleere was born in Pensacola. In her youth, she spent countless hours exploring the bayou and Gulf of Mexico near her home. She left Florida to study at the University of Minnesota then continued onto a successful journalism career in Seattle and New York. However, the Florida landscape left a lasting impression on Cleere bringing her back to home state.

Due to a family tragedy, she began her Icon of Innocence series in 1996, focused on early childhood development. Cleere creates surreal psychological portraits of defining moments, filled with narrative symbolism.

These unique mixed-media paintings are a tedious blend of four different mediums which gives her work a distinctive style. She has been featured in various international art magazines over the years. Today Cleere is included in several permanent museum collections and many private homes throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.