Harper’s paintings are influenced by the colorful stained glass she admired as a youngster. She learned from the facets’ placements how shapes could look realistic. One critic said of her work: “Your style is wonderful. Your personal version of abstraction is so beautifully rooted in reality.” She paints either alla prima (all at once, wet oil paint on wet oil paint) or she builds up transparent acrylic layers finished with oil paints.
Harper’s ancestry comes from the Adriatic Sea and she feels a spiritual connection with seascapes. To her, the beach is a healing metaphor: stormy waters become still, dependable lunar tides cycle in and out, and the vastness does not diminish the importance of one viewer on the shore.
Cristall Harper graduated in 2002 from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Painting. Her studio is in American Fork, Utah where she lives with her husband and rascally chickens. She is represented by Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, WY as well as Gallery MAR in Park City, UT and Carmel, CA. Her work is collected and enjoyed nationally.
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