Crystal Cudworth is an open air painter who focuses on the medium of oil painting. In 2020, she received Individual Artist Awards from the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Juneau CARES Artworks, and the Juneau Community Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She lives and works in Juneau, Alaska.
My paintings use observations through all of my senses to relay the healing aspects of being in nature. By mimicking the patterns found in my environment, I organize them into a painting by expressing harmony found in color, shape, and other formal relationships. Sounds, tastes, smells, and other bodily sensations become united while in a meditative like state painting from life.
By finding beauty in everyday surroundings, I propose protection of their power for future generations. Sounds, such as the soft clashing of water slowly carving out the land or a steady percussive beat of falling rain, are translated and rendered into marks laid down to rest in my art, which uses paint’s liquid nature to construct aqueous spaces.
When immersing myself in the elements, engrossing feelings flood my brain as I listen, smell, feel, and gaze at the rainforest and respond with paint brush to its unfolding beauty. A flow of energy between the earth, my body, and my canvas is recorded impressionistically to mimic observed movements, such as the dance of sunlight, the roar of a creek, or a dazzling array of colors as they roll on top of a water ripple. Each brushstroke is a personal decision informed by the living environment.
Growing up in South Florida, I was surrounded by water. While my father was away on month long fishing trips, my mother took care of my sibling and I with support from a close-knit circle of friends. I felt my mother’s real concerns over my father living on the rough seas. Water continues to have a gravitational pull on my life and art, as a source of comfort, awe, friction, and daily experience.