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crystal

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Tracy Jackson Photography

Crystal Bacchus has been mesmerized by color since childhood. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she moved to Trinidad with her family when she was 10 and started studying design at the age of 11. By 13, she was producing artwork with a distinctive, sophisticated look. Even then, her work provided clear evidence of the strong influence that fashion has had on her since early childhood, when she looked on with fascination as her mother created an ever-blossoming array of stylish outfits. That visual experience awakened in Crystal the love of richly colored, elegantly patterned fabric that is so evident in many of the designs on this website. Recognizing her talent, Crystal’s father urged her to enroll in art school, and Crystal took his good advice. Crystal went on to earn a degree in graphic design from the International Fine Arts College, now the Art Institute of Miami.

Crystal is passionate about exploring the relationship between color and texture, and she places great importance on achieving the perfect marriage of paper and paint. “I love paper and its various textures,” she says, “and I love the unpredictability of watercolor. You never know what it’s going to do.” In addition to watercolor, she works in ink and pencil, often incorporating into her designs beads and fabric, much of it from Canada, Trinidad, Japan, Africa and several other countries.

Crystal combines her graphic design expertise and talent with her fine art to produce beautiful and unique pieces. She is currently focusing on producing art for her signature collection “Madame Fabrique,” and other watercolor fine art paintings at her art studio – Xtal Art™ Studios, Inc., all suitable for framing. She is also producing handmade greeting cards – art-cards – under the sub-brand Divine Pencil™ by Xtal Art and a t-shirt line called HipChristianChick™.

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