Merlyn was brought up in Hong Kong and returned to England to study Fine Art under Adrian Heath and Howard Hodgkin at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. She became a woodblock printmaker in 2000, after a visit to Northern China. She has work in the collections of the V&A in London, The Ashmolean in Oxford, The Edward James Foundation at West Dean College, and with private collectors.
She has exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show and the London Original Print Show at the RA in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and annually with the Society of Wood Engravers and the Society of Painter-Printmakers. She was the signature poster artist for the Guanlan Resident International Artists in China, and was an invited artist at the Shanghai International Printmaking Show and conference.
Merlyn is a Short Course tutor at West Dean College, and three years ago set up a collaboration of woodblock printmakers known as Pine Feroda, who have also exhibited at the Royal Academy and exhibit widely.