At work in her studio.

"I love color, I love nature, I love form." 


This has been the common thread throughout Karen's artistic career; though her medium and methods have evolved over time. She is fascinated with the marriage between the manipulation of the medium, and the "happy accidents" that happen by chance, when allowing the medium to flow as it wants. So naturally, Karen was drawn to the art of Marbling. Paints are floated upon a viscous surface, where they spread and push other paint, and finally, the artist uses tools to guide and manipulate the paint. From this process, a single contact print is taken, making each piece completely unique.

In her more traditional paintings, Karen explores color, nature and form in a more controlled manner; putting the parts of the marbling process she loves under a metaphoric microscope, magnifying the relationship between shape and aligned color. 

For over 15 years, since graduating magna cum laude from Art School at the University of Arizona, Karen Ruane has been producing, showing and selling artwork in Arizona, California and now Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.  However, it wasn't until the move to Bend, OR in 2014 that Karen began working full time in art. 

Karen's most recent accomplishments include co-founding an artist's coworking space in Bend, OR, and being commissioned to create the seasonal Jubelale label for Deschutes Brewery - the 7th largest independent craft brewer in the country!