Library Balcony Art Gallery
April's artist is George Crawford. His art will be displayed April 1-30.
Artist reception will be held Monday, April 1 at 5:00 pm.
I was born in Southeastern Kansas in 1941, but grew up in Mesa, Arizona. My interest in art began early in life, and though most all children enjoy drawing, my interest increased as I grew. I cannot remember wanting to be anything but an artist.
I worked for a number of years in the newspaper industry and eventually became a graphic artist. I lived in Prescott, Arizona for many years, working as a graphic designer for an electric sign company. I eventually re-established my graphic arts and sign business in that area and worked at it until retiring in 2009. My wife Jennie and I have raised six children, and we have always been active in our church. We lived for a short time in Southern Arizona before moving to the American Fork area.
All my adult life, I have painted and drawn; studying art and exhibiting my work as I was able. I completed two years of college in art studies, enrolled in correspondence courses, bought art texts, and studied on my own. Since retiring, I have been painting full time. I am represented by an art gallery in Southern Arizona and I have work displayed in an insurance office and a doctor’s office here in Utah.
My interests have always been landscapes, nostalgia, rural scenes, and small towns. The homes and lifestyles of earlier days fascinate me. The honest straightforwardness and the hard working ethics of our grandfathers and grandmothers is an attribute I like to portray. I have traveled and sketched in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montanna, and Washington to gather material for my paintings. My work is generally a combination of several places I have observed and is not a depiction of any one specific place or scene. I hope you enjoy my work.