Davis Carroll graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and soon began his career as a painter.
A member of the Copley Society of Boston, the American Watercolor Society, and the Boston Watercolor Society, he was well known for his artwork.
His paintings featured the distinctive landscapes, gardens, houses, and street scenes of classic New England locales such as Marblehead and Boston. Mastering a unique technique of painting in watercolors on rice paper, Carroll portrayed Yankee clipper ship models, flowers, and antiques that represented regional life.
His work was widely exhibited in the Northeast and Florida. In addition to exhibiting his art, he was a dedicated teacher with many loyal students.
After residing in Natick for many years, in later life Carroll resided in Boston.