Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, now residing in Burlington.
Lois Crawford has been an award-winning exhibitor for over 30 years, in both solo and group shows, and has gained entry to numerous juried shows for both her abstraction and plein air work. Her mentors have included Harold Klunder, V. Jane Gordon, Walter Hickling and Gordon Perrier. In addition to working in her favourite medium oil, she also works in acrylic, watercolour, pastel, charcoal and other drawing mediums and received awards in each category.
Working in oils remains her favoured medium for its lush and lustrous qualities and juicy mobility.. She also continues her exploration of the human figure, abstraction, and plein air sketching. Always an admirer of the Abstract Expressionists, Impressionists and Colourfield painters, Lois has been inspired to “allow” herself to express her individual approach which focuses on “controlled spontaneity”.
In 2008 Lois’ work was used for set design at CHCH TV, Hamilton, and in 2009 on the set of Flashpoint, and The Border, in Toronto, as well as in private and public spaces through the Burlington Art Centre Art Rental, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Rental. Her work was exhibited in the “Connections” exhibition in Itabashi, Japan, and in the Apeldoorn Art Museum in The Netherlands, one of six Burlington painters invited to celebrate the twinning of the two cities.
In December 2004 Lois was awarded a Burlington Fine Arts Association Life Membership for over 30 years of volunteer contributions, and is the holder of Burlington Art Centre’s Gold Award, as well as a Volunteer Award from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Recreation for her volunteer work in the art field. Most recently was The Pearl Award, given to her, in recognition of her contributions to the BAC on the 30th Anniversary of the Burlington Art Centre.
From 1976 to 1996, Lois also devoted more than 20 years as an arts journalist, for a variety of local publications, writing reviews and profiles of regional and local artists such as Harold Town, Robert Bateman, Gordon Perrier, Ronald Bloor, and Rita Letendre.
Lois’ work can be found in the Art Rentals at the Burlington Art Centre, the Burlington Art Centre Annual Art Auction in February, the Oakville Society Art Auction, many Rotary Club fund-raisers, and The Dundas Valley School of Art Auction in April
ARTIST'S STATEMENT RE QUARRY PAINTINGS
Quarry Paintings is a series made on location at Kerns Quarry, Burlington. The old quarry is most exciting in the fullness of autumn, blazing with colour against the backdrop of the quarry wall. In November the wind sweeps through the open spaces and around the rocks invigorating me and my painting.
My inspiration has been the Expressionist painters and the Post Impressionists (Van Gogh).
I paint what I feel rather than exactly what I see.