"When we examine nature closely, we see a world beyond our imagination. While our goal through realist drawing isn't necessarily always to understand the complexity of the how or why a thing exists, an appreciation for those intricacies and magic therein is fostered just by the act of attempting to capture it's beauty. Nature drawing reminds us of our connectivity and the importance of sharing a sense of wonder is vital to our survival, the conservation of our planet and this beautiful world in which we exist"
Crystal Beshara is a professional fine artist and illustrator living in Ottawa specializing in realism. She holds a diploma in Botanical Illustration from The Society of Botanical Artists (UK) and is a member of The International Guild of Realism as well as an elected Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society and Artists Who Teach. Crystal has been featured in many publications including International Artist Magazine (Click to view) voted the "World's favourite art Magazine" in over 65 countries. She has taught art in almost every medium for almost 20 years from adult & children’s art classes to a regular guest spot on Roger’s Television. She developed her reputation and unique style of teaching through the City of Ottawa where long waiting lists were a testament to the popularity of her classes. Whether she is teaching an International Painting Workshop in Mexico or France or sitting down beside a student for a private critique, Crystal openly shares her trade secrets, knowledge and passion for art with her students. Her studio is located in Nepean. She co-founded ART SCHOOL FAIR, a national arts trade show as well as owned her owned gallery and art studio. She also founded her popular paint party Paint The Town Ottawa in 2013 to make painting more accessible to people who might be intimidated by the traditional classroom environment. Crystal believes art marking enriches daily life and by developing our own keen sense of observation through realist drawing we heighten our connection to the world around us.
"Crystal's passion for, and dedication to her art, resonates throughout each and every class I have taken with her, and I have taken several. Whether the medium be watercolour, pastels, pen and ink, or pencil classes, Crystal's clear and concise demonstrations and instructions, along with her flair for developing her student's confidence, makes for an exceptional learning environment. I wholeheartedly recommend Crystal's classes for anyone - beginners to seasoned artists – you will not be disappointed! I feel so lucky to have had the good fortune to become one of her students and will continue to enjoy her classes."
S. Maclean, Ottawa ON
“Crystal has a never-ending wealth of techniques and ideas to share with us... And on top of that, her sunny disposition is an added asset to turn your art session into a fun and rewarding experience.”
D. Fortin, Ottawa ON
"Crystal's art demonstrations are head and shoulders above any others I have taken. Her personality combined with her fabulous communication and organizational skills keep the classes interesting and fun. At the end of the lessons, you will have practiced and learned new skills and techniques which will help you grow as an artist.”
M. Connelly, Ottawa ON
"When I first took a watercolour class with Crystal [a few years ago] I did not realize what effort and skill went into the making of a good painting. Crystal's clear class instruction and gentle coaching has given me an appreciation of the use of colours, the use of proper paper, the artist's tools and various techniques employed in using quality brushes, and the application of perspective.
The training has given me the confidence to paint subjects that I find of interest and has given me a hobby that is self satisfying. Besides the classes were a lot of fun and a good social outlet. Thanks Crystal."
T.Chapman, Ottawa ON
"Crystal Beshara's sessions combine fundamentals taken to the next level with a range of challenging projects where techniques can be explored and honed. Crystal instills an environment of painting with a "yes you can" attitude. It's time well and enjoyably spent."
J. Kelly, Ottawa ON
"Crystal has a true artists soul and most notably shares it by holding nothing back, ever!"
N. Burke, Ottawa ON
“Crystal has the ability to "encourage" and not "diminish". No matter what the level, she finds a way of suggesting improvements to the artwork in question. Crystal’s infectious sense of humour makes her classes so enjoyable.”
L. McInnes, Ottawa ON
“ I do not know the best way to express how much appreciated your sessions. It always amazes me that you know the answers for all of our questionscombined with your ability to make us understand. You have always motivated me to paint as well as have helped me to build confidence.”
Y. Wagner, Ottawa ON