Crystal grew up in the Saskatchewan Prairies of the cold Canadian North. She has 30 plus years experience with art and has gained a design degree from the University of Manitoba with her focus in architecture. Since then she has been developing an art portfolio representing a unique perspective of prairie living through the personification of architecture and rural artefacts.
As much as an introvert as she can be when creating her own work, she enjoys the balance of being an extrovert when it comes to teaching art to others. Art is a huge part of her personality and sharing her gifts with others who feel the same way is a blessing and a joy.
She's ironically, equivocally addicted to coffee and sleep, but manages to sneak in family and art time too. She has two children, both boys, a wonderful husband, and cats. Lots of cats. Given that she's surrounded by farmland in central Saskatchewan, cats are a must. Her home was built in 1928 and has an incredible amount character that both inspires her art and provides a level of pleasant nostalgia from her childhood, even though her current home is not where she grew up. But often reflecting on her heritage, she contemplates the actions of her ancestors and how we can do better building upon, or breaking down, the paths they've provided us.
Architecture is a large influence in Crystal's work. She personifies rural architecture and artefacts to convey not only rural culture on the prairies, but sometimes emotional, physical, and spiritual relationships that are universal. She explores the way we live with one another in a multicultural society in Canada and how we interact with each other and our land.