About Karen

The work created here highlights my interests in the bison figure related to folklore. I strive to capture an evocative expression that will capture the viewer's interest and give insight into the sculptural piece. I am completely invested in telling a story and seek out strength and beauty in an older being and am driven to portray that.

Art plays a huge role in my daily life with continued study of the figure in sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and oil painting. I find inspiration in all forms of art from ancient Greek and Asian art, German expressionism, the Bay Area movement, and all current art around the globe. I am fascinated by people and animals I see and meet, their faces and gestures give me inspiration to create my sculptures.  Going to galleries and museums, is what I enjoy almost as much as creating art. Art is a huge part of my daily life.


I presently live in Missoula with my husband and giant Airedale, Nora, and multitude of relatives. I have lived in the Bay Area, New York, Toronto, and Tokyo.

MFA Academy of Art, San Francisco

Workshops and studies with George Rivera, Kristin Lindseth, Ursula O' Farrell, Glen Rodgers, Arthur Gonzales, Susannah Israel, Mike Gustafson, John Toki, Ben Blackwood.

BS Business Admin Menlo College

BA in Japanese from San Francisco State University


Brickhouse, Wildfire Studio March 2021

Community Show, Clay Studio of Missoula 2021

Wood Fired, The Artist Shop, Missoula 2021

Ruth Bancroft June 2018

The Artery April 2017

Ruth Bancroft June 2017

Endangered Species Danville January 2018

Go Figure  Black Bean Gallery 2016

Ruth Bancroft  Sculpture Show 2014, 2015, 2016

Museums Gallery of Los Gatos 2010-2017

Silicon Valley Open Studios- Los Gatos, CA- 2008- 2017

Solo Show "Reflections", Black Bean Gallery 2014

Group Exhibition, Guanajuato, Mexico 2014

Black Bean Gallery 2009- 2017

Black Bean 2 Women "Surfacing" Show 2013

Black Bean Group Show 2010- 2016


Missoula Clay Studio

Black Bean Ceramic Art Center

Los Gatos Museums Gallery

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