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Karey Bancroft, Phot

Artist Statement.

After a 20-year career in portrait photography, I have returned to my life-long passion: photographic processes that resemble Old Masters paintings.

My current work features botanical elements that I have grown or sourced locally, then captured as images; often on Polaroid film. The resulting photos are hand-colored or embellished with a combination of pastels, pencils, crystals, gold leaf, clay or acrylics. This is a true labor of love and exploration for me as I continue the search for the most painterly photographic process.

My Process

Peonies, Karey Bancroft


Most of the florals in my photos are grown on my property. I also love to source flowers at the spectacular farmer's market in Charlotte. I certainly do not have a green thumb, but it’s fun to order seeds and bulbs of my favorite varieties and watch them turn into something  beautiful. These peonies were amazing!

Photo fo Polaraid Instant Film Images, used for photos by artist


I have loved Polaroid instant film 
for decades. Today I shoot with several different refurbished cameras as well as my Nikon D850 to create the dreamy, colorful images I love. They can be full of anomalies: scratches, light leaks, halos and I love every imperfection. 

Tools and images to represent photo embellishing process.


After scanning the photos at a 
high resolution, they are printed on 100% cotton hot press paper. I use pencils, pastel, paint, Austrian crystals, wax, clay shapes or gold leaf to enhance and embellish them, making each a unique piece of art.

Recent Exhibitions and Representation

Presson Art Gallery

Monroe, NC



Annual Art Competition

Lake City, South Carolina


Guild of Charlotte Artists

Annual Judged Show

Charlotte, North Carolina

44th National Juried Show

Goldsboro, NC

Charlotte Art League

Winter Juried Show 2023

Charlotte, NC

311 Gallery

Raleigh, North Carolina

“Spring to Life” juried show 


Las Laguna Art Gallery

Laguna, California

“50 and Over 2023” juried show

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