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Crystal Beshara is an international award winning contemporary realist painter living in Ontario, Canada.

She is a proud, two time winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation prize (a $15,000 bursary awarded for excellence in realism).  She is an associate member with distinction of American Women Artists and an elected member of Woman Artists of The West , and The International Guild of Realism. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including an 11 page spread in International Artist Magazine (voted the worlds best Art Magazine Issue: Dec / Jan 2015).

A self-taught realist, she has been drawing and painting since childhood. One of Canada's rising realist painters Crystal moves easily between watercolour, oil or graphite. Her work is recognizable with it’s rich, earth tone palette and emotionally charged, rural narrative and ability to capture expression and anatomy in both human and animal portraiture. Corporate clients include the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nortel and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  She holds a BFA in Studio and a Botanical Illustration diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists  (UK).

Crystal has illustrated 4 published children’s books including her original written and illustrated story When I Visit the Farm which was released internationally in 2009. Her work has also been featured and reviewed in Canadian House & Home, Modern Family Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun, The Quill & Quire, and Montreal Review of Books.  Beshara also is the primary sketch artist for the award winning television series Hard Rock Medical.

A familiar face in the media both as an illustrator and fine artist she has been a regular guest art instructor co-host on Rogers Daytime television, appeared on CBC’s Living in Ottawa, CTV news, CTV Regional Contact and CBC Radio All in a Day.  For More Press/News CLICK HERE

Crystal is regularly invited Juror & ART critic for various art societies and exhibitions as well as a popular art instructor offering painting workshops abroad in Santa Fe, Greece, Newfoundland, France, England and Mexico as well as locally in her home Art Studio.  In 2014 she opened the much loved gallery and workshop in Ottawa called the Studio Café and in 2015 co-founded Art School Fair , Canada’s first Fine Art Educational Tradeshow.

In Ottawa she is represented by Wall Space Gallery . She lives in the country nestled between Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal Quebec with her husband and their two dogs.


  •  2012 SBA Society of Botanical Illustrators (UK) with distinction

  • 1997 BFAS Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in Studio            

Awards & Grants

  • 2019 Frances Trachok Memorial Award of Excellence
    Lean on Me, oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″ (AWA “Looking West” Show at the Steamboat Art Museum, Colorado)

  • 2018 First in Watercolour for “These Boots” SKB Rendezvous, Dubois Wyoming

  • 2011 Ontario Arts Council Travel Bursary

  • 2011 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Bursary (For Artists in Realism)

  • 2010 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Bursary (For Artists in Realism)

  • 2007 Nominated as Ottawa’s top 3 emerging Artists OSA awards

  • 2006 Nepean Fine Arts League First Prize Excellence award and Trophy, “Isaiah” watercolour 

  • 2006 Nepean Fine Arts League First Prize Jurors Choice, “Isaiah” watercolour

  • 2006 Nepean Fine Arts League Members Choice, “Isaiah” watercolour

  • March 2005 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

  • 1997 Youngest elected member of the OWS (Ottawa Watercolour Society)


  • 2019 - present American Watercolor Society

  • 2018-present Women Artists of The West

  • 2017-present American Women Artists

  • 2007-present International Guild of Realism elected member

  • 2007-present Artists who Teach

  • 2005-present Red Salon Artists

  • 2004-present Nepean Fine Arts League

  • 1999-present Art Lending of Ottawa

  • 1997-present Ottawa Watercolour Society, elected as a Fellow FOWS, 2001