About Me – Jacqueline Crawley

I am a Toronto based artist and art teacher.  When I was a young person I acquired a degree in fine art with a main interest in sculpture.  I trained in printmaking [intaglio, woodcut, lithography & silkscreen], painting, and drawing as well.  I pursued theatre design [a passion of mine since high school] and architecture design later on.  I have worked as an editorial illustrator, graphic artist, architectural detailer.  Now I am teaching art to adults and youth in a number of art schools.  I was raised in the country and the city and both are reflected in my work which tends to be in many places at once – realism or abstract, oil or acrylic.

Black Willows 2011

Black Willows is a commissioned piece – oil on board.

Hustle 2007

Hustle is based on my impression of city life in the evening.  The evening sky isn’t quite dark and the trees and buildings are vibrating with light.


15 thoughts on “About Me – Jacqueline Crawley”

  1. Hi Jacqueline, just to say thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and for your comments, which are much appreciated. I used to be an artist that did non referential work and during my last spell as a full time artist, got into using the landscape within my work rather than more abstracted ideas. However my current work does have a strand within it to transition back to non referential drawing. I don’t yet post this work as I’m trying to photograph it properly (it’s very subtle and I’m not a great photographer!!). I find I can gain a lot of inspiration from many different types of work that other artists produce. Btw liked the post you did about selling your pieces. Best, Nicholas.

  2. Jacqueline, thank you for visiting me earlier. I enjoyed reading your comments and more by visiting you here at your blog. You have great work and experience which I hope to learn from. Thanks.

  3. Thank you for your friendship and advice on my recent post.

    Please join the WordPress Family Award party at – http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/my-dog-is-a-mystic-pack-leader/. We want to give you the same award. No obligation to repost if you decide not to :3

    Sniff around and maybe you’ll find virtual treats and other human bytes 😛

  4. Hi Jacqueline, thank you for visiting earlier, and also for our discussion. 😀
    I really love your work. Specially the details on “Black Willows”.

  5. Thank you visiting my father’s garden blog, and for your “likes” Some beautiful paintings and drawings you have displayed here! Happy New Year!

  6. Nina Karadzić said:

    A beautiful blog.

  7. Hi!
    I couldn’t get to your “reviews” page, as there’s something wrong with it, so I hope it’s okay that I contact you via comments.
    I wonder if you accept indie books for review? I’d like to offer you a free copy of my book Sky Ghosts: All for One in exchange for a review at Amazon (and possibly Goodreads). If you enjoy reading it, you’ll also be able to read the rest of the series for free before release.
    Here’s the link http://amzn.to/1ypPOmP
    Let me know if you’re interested!


    • Thank you for contacting me. I looked into the glitch with my link and I thank you for the heads up – hope it is functioning now. I own a home computer – no tablet [etc] to read your book. I am old school still and enjoy reading paper. Can this be done? I could try reading your book online. Congratulations on getting a series off the ground. I am excited for you. I do read fantasy – perhaps you have seen some of my reviews? I am uncomfortable doing a negative review – I share the ones I enjoy. Because I do this for pleasure and am not a professional, I feel it is inappropriate for me to say a book is bad or fails. I have only done this a few times and had to admit it might be me that was the issue. If you are still interested in me reading – I will. Please try my link again and let me know if it is running. ~ Thanks, Jac

  8. Hi Jacqueline. I’m been searching for a tutorial ( on internet) on how to do wire structure, paper mâché . I can’t seem to find something that would give me a start in ‘how too’ . Your dear rabbit is the sort of thing I’d like to attempt, along with numerous other animal shapes. I’m interested in creating not so perfect creatures.. more whimsical. Wondering if you might have a suggestion on where to start .
    Thankyou. Love your work.
    Cheers. Ruthy Dale

    • Hi – I started by looking at the various artists that do wire work. They inspired me. There are 3 approaches at least. 1- solid with many layers 2- open ball shapes connected 3- rolls of various wire. I like the first 2. I suggest you take squares or rectangles of chicken wire and form them into shapes – like balls. Then through twisting the wire in each section, you can learn to shape them. Then connect the shapes with ‘cone’ or layers of mesh. I’ll try to post again and show how my students worked – each unique. Thanks for asking – I found it an interesting challenge each time.

      • Ok. Thankyou very much . I underdtstand. Off to buy wire. And practice shapes .

      • Hi there.. I’ve been working on a rabbit paper mâché , wire structure for starters. Wentvwith your suggestion of making round balls and shaping.. have a torso and head and an ear ! 🙂
        Just contemplating legs.. and looking at pictures of artist ‘s -work to help
        I guess I’m just wondering if there’s any tricks to legs .. or maybe I should just go for it and learn as I go …!
        I’m interested in the ( for lack of better term / knowledge..) the clay ‘slurry ‘ to cover in the end, gives that smooth look, like a clay sculpture in ways .
        Thankyou for any direction.. or perhaps a book I should buy , for direction ?
        This is something I’ve been wanting to try for years . I am an artist. Acrylic, oils, mixed media .. presently I’m having fun burning design onto bone ( photo included). Once upon a time I was a glass artist ( lampworked glass)
        Thankyou . Cheers. Dale

      • I used a heavy gauge wire for the legs – they are supportive so that is necessary. I could have nailed them to a platform but I chose to make mine spring-like. They are one piece of wire that loops down and around – for the rabbits. I attached those to a heavy wire loop in the waist/pelvis. The chicken wire wraps around that to enfold the wire. I’m not sure about the slurry. I found that paper towel dipped in the Elmer’s Art Paste [Paper Mache liquid] worked really well. The product was a nightmare to mix though – I ended up using a mixer. I put it into containers to use with students but after a month it wasn’t useable. The paper mache strengthens the whole thing. I don’t see your image.

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