Lois Crawford has been an award-winning artist and exhibitor for over 40 years. She has worked with a variety of mediums including oils, pastels, watercolour, acrylic and every kind of drawing medium, as well as woodcut, mono printing and sculpture. Her earliest inspiration was Vincent Van Gogh, The French Impressionists and New York abstractionists. Most influential Canadian teachers were Walter Hickling, Vera Uss, Gordon Perrier and abstractionist Harold Klunder.
Lois’ work has been used in set design for television productions in Toronto and elsewhere and is represented by the Art Rental program in the Art Gallery of Burlington. Her work was one of six artists selected for exhibitions in Apeldorn, the Netherlands and in Itabashi, Japan to celebrate the twinning of the cities with Burlington. As an arts writer, Lois wrote art reviews and interviews with artists on a regular basis for local publications for over 20 years.
Upon discovering a senior Newfoundland artist recently moved to Burlington, Lois Crawford co-ordinated an exhibition of her work at The AGB and wrote the catalogue essay: Millicent Penney.
Her work has hung in Burlington MPP Eleanor Maclaughlin’s office and in MP Karina Gould’s office as well, at City Hall. Lois’ most recent achievement (2018) was receiving a Lifetime Membership at the Art Gallery of Burlington for her many years of volunteer contribution. In addition, she was 2018 recipient of the Alice Peck Award for her painting Midnight Crossing, in the All Guilds Annual Exhibition “The Journey”. Most recently Lois earned Honorable Mention in the Arts Burlington guilds annual showcase exhibition, Kaleidoscope, in April 2019.
Lois’ work can be found in fund-raising art auctions in the area and in Art Etc. at the Art Gallery of Burlington. She continues to work en Plein air and in her studio.