CRYSTAL DESPAIN

 

"THE PURSUIT OF ART IS THE PURSUIT OF TRANSCENDENCE. 

TO PAINT IS TO BELIEVE ONE CAN FLY BEFORE ONE HAS WINGS TO SPREAD."

 

                           

 

- C. Despain

b. 1981, 5th generation Colorado girl, current Colorado state Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America.

I have learned a great deal from workshops and mentorships including those held by Keith Bond, Casey Childs, Joseph Lorusso, and Dan Wison.

The Life of a Painting

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SELECTED WORKS

 

"My need to paint and my need to write come from the same place; My love for connection, for people, for having the right tool to say the right thing. I paint when I can't find the words, and write when I can't see the shapes"

Timelapse

Videos

Timelapse

Videos

"Aftermath"

For those who see the worst and give their best.

"White in Night"

A little bit of drama...

"American Idol"

America's Covid currency and dubious demi-god.

"I knew you were funny,      I just didn't know you were Funny 

funny."

-my husband

I'm a classic over thinker with a panache'  for story telling and a tendency to get into trouble. Not exaggerating....

I survived a massive sandstorm on the Gobi dessert, narrowly avoided machine gun wielding bandits in the El Salvadorian jungle, died in childbirth, and was in a plane crash in Morocco. (Admittedly the plane was still on the ground when it crashed so MAYBE that one was an exaggeration...)

Usually I just write about life. The funny, quirky, human things that connect us.

"Thanks for the Stripper Name,

Mom and Dad." (audio)

 

I finally realized that if I'm looking for balance I will spend my whole life frustrated. Life is a teeter totter.

Truth: Teeter totters are more fun than yoga."

Want to know more about my life as a working artist with 5 young sons?

Listen my interview with podcaster/artist Katrina Berg

Shop original oil paintings

Each Crystal Despain original is crafted with the finest oils and represents years of commitment to education and practice. Each painting that reaches a new collector is a unique part of that journey.

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Instructional Videos

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“ She captures ordinary scenes and moments—a beautiful woman or a simple ocean wave—and makes them extraordinary with her artists eye. Her paintings to me portray a place somewhere between dreams and reality. It’s hard to take your eyes off of the masterful details that make you look, and look again more deeply. I felt a connection with her artwork from the first moment I saw it and became an instant fan. Now I’m a proud owner of two of her paintings! 

 

—  HEIDI