All About Crystal Rassi
As a professional fine artist based in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, Crystal is always looking for the next opportunity to translate life experiences into art. Through a meticulous approach to the arts, she has made a strong and positive impression in her community.
Born and raised in a small, rural, mennonite, community in Saskatchewan, Canada, Crystal grew up with a pencil in her hand. Her ancestors immigrated to Canada in the late 1800's and early 1900's to escape government persecution. Her families background was always in farming and horses but during the 1960's when the Canadian government broke their promises to colonizers and forced them into public schools or face heavy fines and jail terms, the farms started to break apart and none of her family farms anymore.
Instead, Crystal grew up in town with a father who worked in residential construction and then eventually car sales. But his creativity in design influenced her interest into architectural design where she eventually gained a design degree from The University of Manitoba.
Her artistic side stems from her mother's side. Her great grandmother would use what little art supplies they had to draw on anything they could find - used pillow cases, spare paper etc. Her mother dabbled in ceramics, wheat weaving, handmade decorations and always doodled while she spoke on the phone. All of this creativity translated into Crystal's career path.
She spent the first 3 years of university in the fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan but switched to design and architecture for "financial security". The lack of business training in the fine arts left Crystal with the sense that the old addage of "starving artist" was really true.
Only in the last 10 years has Crystal brought her talents, experiences, and training to her community to teach the basics of art to people who don't want to spend the time and money in university classes. The relaxed atmosphere allows people who would otherwise be too nervous in a larger formal setting to unwind and tap into their creativity.