Karen Bandy Studio

Artist Statement

I feel a strong connection to the earth. For me the earth is grounding, it keeps me happy and thus it fuels me and my art. Whether jewelry or paintings, there is always an earth component interwoven into the materials used, the theme, or most often, both.

Rocks, gems, precious metals, textures, shapes, colors, animals, rivers, flow, abstraction, gestures and elusiveness are threads and substance that are interwoven. They help me to create an amulet, a divine structure to be worn as a personal statement. These same inspirations are in my paintings, they enhance one’s environment and amplify a personal expression much like my jewelry does when worn.

It’s gratifying to create something that translates into a common language that stirs the soul of others.

Awards & Recognition for Custom Jewelry Design:

Feature article in Bend Bulletin highlighting 28 year career in jewelry
Cover of Cascade A&E Magazine
Featured in GO! Magazine
Featured in The Source Weekly
Featured in JCK magazine
Featured in Modern Jeweler
Featured in American Jewelry Manufacturers
Featured in Jewellery News Asia
Featured in Goldschmiede und Uhrmacher Zeitung
Featured in Local papers, The Bulletin, Cascade Business News

Best in Show, Pacific NW Jewelers Assoc.
AGTA Spectrum Award 1st Place
Pacific NW Jewelers Assoc. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places