A vision, a story, an enigma, this elegant lady gazes out the window, and yet we know she does not see the view. Is she contemplating another time, a place, a person or an … [Read more...]
Young girls wading in the back water of the ocean, enjoying the feel of freedom as they lift their skirts and feel the cool water on their legs. Another period of time when dresses … [Read more...]
The story unfolds with a gift of lilacs and a note. She took off her pearls and went to the window where the lilac tree glowed in the afternoon sun. Should she accept the … [Read more...]
A beautiful, Japanese woman in white flowing gown with a golden parasol strolls past a colorful wall and cherry blossoms caught in the breeze. During my many visits to Japan, I … [Read more...]
It is quiet. The large lily pads are resting effortlessly close to shore. The tall, green reeds create dark reflections. One lily in full bloom stands out above all the others in … [Read more...]
The warmth of bright sunlight fills the garden, illuminating the flowers and reflecting off an ancient cottage with blue shudders. A young woman relaxes, absorbed in a novel of … [Read more...]
She dressed early in her flowing white gown and even put on the emerald and diamond necklace and earrings. She reads from a book of poems found in the library and her faithful … [Read more...]
The afternoon sun creates a glowing garden of colorful trees, a lake, an arched bridge and reflections on the water. A lovely Oriental woman stands on a walkway meditating … [Read more...]
A young woman stands firmly in Monet’s Garden at Giverny in France. She holds colorful roses, while surrounded by beautiful flowers with Monet’s home in the background. When I … [Read more...]
Studying the work of great artists
I began learning about art in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where I attended high school. Each day I would walk through the many galleries and was able to learn from the international artists, such as Roberto Lupetti and Yuan, who made their homes in this lovely European-style village south of San Francisco. At the University of California I studied international relations, and over the years I took classes in oil painting, photography and graphic design.
My career was in marketing with a variety of companies from startups in Silicon Valley to the Lodge at Pebble Beach, community development and healthcare. I authored a self-help book, “Ending the Battle Within” and was invited to teach personal growth in Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Europe and across the U.S.
During my travels I absorbed the art of the centuries in museums and galleries. In each country I visited countless museums and galleries, digesting the colors, techniques and content of the artists of each nationality. I was influenced by dance of color and light of the impressionists. I learned simplicity from the Asian artists and the contrast of light and dark from the Dutch masters.
A few years ago I began to expand my love of art into oil paintings that are now in the private collections in the U.S., Europe and the Far East. I am interested in working with agents, interior designers, galleries and commissions.
I enjoy working with agents, interior designers and galleries and enjoy doing commissions and portraits. You can see more art and photography at www.verlaine-crawford.pixels.com and www.verlainecrawfordart.com.