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Crystal is an elected member of the International Guild of Realism, an elected associate member of American Women Artists , Associate member of Women Artists of the West and was featured in an 11 page spread in International Artist Magazine (winter 2015). She has studied with wildlife master painter Mort Solberg (in Texas) & award winning artist Jill Soukup (at Zapata Ranch in Colorado). Her original painting “These Boots” was awarded FIRST PLACE in watercolour at the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation in Wyoming September 2018. The jury consisted of the watercolour master and President of the American Watercolour Society Laurin McCracken, World Class Wildlife Painter John Seerey-Lester, Peggy Kinstler (wife of renown portrait artist Raymond Kinstler)
She moves easily between oil, watercolour and pencil choosing the medium based on the type of language she feels best expresses her subject matter. She often features a strong female lead in her artwork. Crystal's inspiration comes from her travels; to Mexico and Santa Fe and Mid-Western America and of course Canada, which she calls home.
"Growing up on a farm, studying, drawing and working closely with animals was and continues to be an endless source of inspiration. The curve of a neckline, the earned trust and knowing found in the eye of living creatures, the magical exchange between the human encounter and a wild or domestic beast; that feeling is what I am after. For me, the movement, accuracy of anatomy and texture of fur are important details in honouring the uniqueness of each animal. I enjoy the juxtaposition and contemporary play of expressive lines and splatter as background support to the subject matter in question. "
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