I am a short, West Coast artist on a small island in the Pacific. A graduate of Emily Carr University with a BFA in visual arts,

I work in graphic design, illustration and also freelance artwork.

When I'm not in the studio I am hanging with my sister, hiking, reading, cooking, or watching movies. I am an LDS artist, in Victoria BC.
Veiled Woman - charcoal, watercolor, inkby Crystal Smith
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Transforming/Falling
ink on paper - by Crystal Smith
Prints available here.
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Mermaid - mixed media - charcoal/pencil/watercolor/pastel/ink
cliche but so what?
Charcoal and conte on toned paper - by Crystal Smith. 

Drawing tonight, moody and sad.
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Wrote down a few things about what I believe in and why I do art.

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If anyone honestly creates art, I will accept it as such. My own judgment or opinion on it’s aesthetics does not diminish it as a piece of art.

If anyone honestly wants to create art, I will accept them as an artist, independent of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or political views.

I believe in sharing art, artistic ideas, techniques and skills. I will give my time to anyone who honestly wants to create, learn or explore. I will learn from anyone who will share what they know and have done.

Opportunities for artists can be rare and competitive. Not openly and consciously sharing them with other artists, in order to get ahead, is a practice that damages everyone and prevents great works from being created. It builds a community of mistrust, instead of open ideas; artists who hoard and secret, instead of creating greater works together; and separates artists from each other when those with experience should be leading and teaching.

Cooperation and collaboration are important in art. Without these, art would hide in basements and dark closets. We should protect public spaces, networks, and communication that encourages this interaction around art. This includes public schools. How can artists be respected for their work when children are taught that studying art is less of a priority than algebra or chemistry? This is an attitude that continues with a child as they graduate and become an adult. Art may not be more important than science or math, but it is not less important either.

Being an artist does not require a degree from a recognized institution. Being an artist requires experience, learning and passion. A university degree is just one example of this.

I understand that some people believe commercial art is “selling out”. As an artist I also understand how hard it is to get paid for your work. Why can’t artists stand in both worlds? I do commercial work, creating ads that have no purpose but to sell products. I also create paintings and works of art that have no purpose but to be art. Both pay the bills, and both require artistic skill and experience. I will not apologize for either.

I believe everyone creates with their lives, whether it fits within the traditional idea of art or not. We create spaces, relationships, ideas, events and fill time with our art. If you say you are not creative, you are wrong. Every choice you make is a creative endeavor.

I believe in God, and that as His creations, we have an innate desire and ability to create as well. It is our birthright and also our responsibility. I believe art teaches us about our relationship to the world, helps us see things anew, change, recognize forgotten truths, discover wonder, connects us to each other, and gives us the ability to share what cannot be spoken.

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I understand that some people believe commercial art is “selling out”. As an artist I also understand how hard it is to get paid for your work. If you are a writer you don’t “sell out” when your book gets picked up by a big name publisher, everyone celebrates. If you are a restaurant owner, you don’t “sell out” when your restaurant becomes popular and you can open up a second location, everyone celebrates.

But as an artist, if your work shows up in magazines, ads or online, it can be considered a “sell out”. No one celebrates. You go back to your studio and try to shake off the corporate dust by painting something large and controversial.

Why can’t artists stand in both worlds? I do commercial work, creating ads that have no purpose but to sell products. I also create paintings and works of art that have no purpose but to be art. Both pay the bills, and both require artistic skills. I will not apologize for either. Let’s celebrate.

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Skull - photo/digital art by Crystal Smith
prints available here.
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Why are dead birds so beautiful? Fragile and sad. 
Sketchbook on ferry to van
tonight’s sketchbook - black eyes in a multitude of colors. For something so painful, they can be quite beautiful.
Illustration Friday - Journey
Sketch / ink / acrylic / collage
Prints available here.
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