Merlyn grew up in Hong Kong, returning to England to study Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art under Adrian Heath and Howard Hodgkin. She turned to woodblock printmaking in 2000 following a trip to Northern China where she was inspired by wood cuts she saw on the Mongolian border. Here they are used instead of window glass and replaced each year.
Merlyn is on the Council of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. She has work in the collections of the V&A, London, The Ashmolean, Oxford, The Edward James Foundation, City Hall Museum of Art, Hong Kong and with a number of private collectors. Her print Bent Tree was exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show, 2013.