Karen Rognsvoog has been dyeing fibers with natural plant dyes and growing dye plants since the mid '70s. Boiling plants to extract the colors of nature has been a passion an inexpensive hobby for her. Using her art degree and hands-on experience, she discovered that earth pigments and natural plant dye extracts can be made into permanent paints that can be used on a variety of pre-treated textiles and paper. She is a professional pianist and amateur celllist. When not painting or carving woodblocks, she teaches piano lessons to grown-ups. She lives in Golden Valley with her two curious cats Ludwig and Wolffie who try their best to make cat-prints on her artwork.