Carmen Hathaway was born in Germany to an Abenaki father and a German mother. In 1974, she moved to Manitoba to begin a career in the field of communications, and to gratify her new found passion for drawing. At the start of the 1980s, she sold her first illustrations to an art gallery in Winnipeg. However, it was not until 1986 that her life took a new turn. Her first acrylic painting, Checkmate, an ode to freedom and the spontaneity of creative expression, cemented her status as a highly talented artist, and thus was born her professional career.
Since then, numerous expositions and opportunities for practical instruction have granted her the chance to explore other mediums, including oil, glass, video, digital and multimedia, adding to her already extensive repertoire of techniques and talents. She is recipient of several Manitoba Arts Council grants, she has participated in group shows since the late 90s. Her solo exhibitions Carte Blanche, (Abenaki Museum, Odanak, Québec ) and Self-Similarity, (Portage Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba) were presented in 2011.