Jill Crawley, Fullerton Member Since May 2010 Artist Statement Jill M. Crawley was born in Southern California and has drawn tremendous inspiration from the beauty of California; especially the Central Coast area. Working in acrylics on canvas, her realistic style evokes deep emotions in the viewer. Great care is taken with every piece and the artist will admit to being a perfectionist at times. "I enjoy painting others being themselves naturally". Her subject matter are versatile and there seems to be something that will appeal to everyone. A self-taught painter with many years of experience, she loves the contrast of lights and darks and seizes any opportunity to express that in her work. With a background of graphite pencil and self-taught watercolor, she experimented with acrylics and loved the forgiveness of the medium and the boldness of the color. The versatility of the paint has allowed her to work on virtually any surface; canvas, walls, tile and mat board to name a few.