The Rasmussen Art Gallery on the campus of Pacific Union College welcomes Carla Crawford as the first visiting artist in the Rasmussen’s 2018-19 season.
Crawford holds a double major in art studio and Italian from UC Davis and a teaching degree in art education from San Francisco State University. Her medium of choice is oil paints and visitors to her exhibition in the Rasmussen can expect to enjoy 23 paintings and drawings including portraits, landscapes, interiors, and still life paintings.
“In a culture where we are constantly bombarded with images,” Crawford said, “I am interested in slowing down and mindfully observing my subject material with all its subtleties until I can really see it.”
While in Academy in Bologna, Italy, Crawford found herself surrounded by the rich history of Italian painting, which captivated her enough to keep her in Italy after graduation, teaching art and art history. Upon returning home, she moved to New York City to study at the Grand Central Atelier under the direction of Jacob Collins. Here she found the classical training she desired.
“I find myself drawn to subjects that capture introspective moments,” said Crawford. “This gives me the opportunity to connect in a personal and direct way with my models and subject material.”
Find an interview with Crawford on the PUC blog at pucadmissions.wordpress.com.