Sterling Crawford The Artist
Sterling is a painter. She made a time to come into the studio to update her headshots for her art business. I have known her since her dance years, and have fond memories of us discussing painting and art. When she sent me some examples of her work I was so impressed by her abilities. Here are some selected photographs from the session, a statement she put together and some of her latest works. I also attached some links so you cans her work and message her for commisions. The portrait / headshot images are raw with no post editing.
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Being an analytical business graduate and accounting professional, painting is my way of allowing myself to be patient, concentrated, and in my own world filled with music, color, and creativity. I would like to say that I chose painting, but in reality – painting chose me.
I grew up interested in art as I’d sit on my grandmother’s floor sketching and tracing, and after taking high-level art in high school, I decided I wanted to pursue a major in Fine Art. I did go through with it and study Studio Art at Clemson University, but after two weeks of studying negative vs. positive space, I decided I wanted to change my major to Business. After my first year, I transferred to College of Charleston hoping to be inspired by the lovely Architecture and History. There, I graduated with a degree in Finance in 2019.
A few months post-graduate, I was commissioned to paint a portrait of a dog for a Napa Valley winery. This simple painting was the jumpstart to my painting career as I received more than 4 dog commissions from viewers of the Winery dog commission in CA within just a few months. People were wanting more.
Dog portrait and Landscape commissions have built the start of my career in painting over the past 2 years, however it is evolving into much more. I am inspired by many things, including sculptures, furniture, interior design, architecture, and cultures. Creativity is my main motivator, and in 2022 I aim to focus on developing collections where I am able to explore techniques and textures, and ultimately hone my personal artistic brand.