Crystal and her husband recently returned to the family farm where they grow and market organic grains. Her rural roots and deep connection with nature has influenced her subject matter and the intervening relationship between man and nature.
She has spent many years experimenting with different mediums from oils to watercolors and everything in between. She has found that using various mediums to create her images has been instrumental in getting to the final vision. By using color and texture to enhance a certain aspect of the subject has also been a tool that she utilizes. The challenge to portray a subject in a unique and interesting way that will speak to the viewer on some level has fueled her inspiration and motivation.
She has participated in many local, regional and provincial exhibitions as well as many painting workshops. Her solo exhibition, ‘Fragmentations” in 2009 and group exhibition, “Roots” were displayed at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery in Yorkton. More recently she has shown some of her work at the Shurniak Art Gallery, Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Museum and the Mae Wilson Cultural Centre in Moose Jaw.
Crystal has a long list of awards and shows to her credit, and has received commissions for work from businesses and many individual requests. She has also taught painting classes in acrylic, sketching and mixed mediums.