Growing up on a farm in the Pacific Northwest allowed very little money for art supplies. When Carren was given a small set of oil paints she quickly ran out of canvas to paint. She discovered a stash of old roll up window shades in a closet. When she realized she could use these for oil paints it was the beginning of her art career. Now, Carren no longer has to use old window shades but it never hurts to remember where she started from.