"As I get older, I realize the responsibility that we have as human beings to stay up-to-date with what is going on in the world around us, so we are able to correct what is wrong and promote what is right. This responsibility is of growing importance as we are surrounded by multiple news platforms and channels with which false information can flow. Through various collections of my artwork and research, I intend to spread awareness of certain subjects, from environmental and humanitarian issues, to historical topics I find fascinating. Ultimately this is a new niche of media I am developing - journalism through art."

ABOUT MY WORK

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Sterling Crawford is an American artist working primarily with oil paints and charcoals. She spreads awareness of important issues and inspiring stories through her artwork and accompanied research. 

Her current collection in progress, "Inside Africa: Wildlife Conservation & Anti-Poaching Efforts" focuses on the conservation efforts of endangered species in Africa, primarily the Rhino. 

As of today, there are only two Northern White Rhinos left on the planet, both female. The opportunity to save the species is basically non-existent, however with modern-day technology, there is a fighting chance.

 

"My hopes are that I can raise awareness of the human impact (specifically, illegal poaching) causing other Rhino species to also be fighting for their long-term existence, so they too don't end up extinct like their cousins, the Northern Whites. It's not just about the Rhino, it's about all of the animals. It's about maintaining our ecosystem. It's about caring for something larger than myself. It's about caring for the future."

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HOW I GOT STARTED

Being an analytical business graduate and accounting professional, painting is my way of allowing myself to be patient, concentrated, and in my own world filled with music, color, and creativity. I would like to say that I chose painting, but in reality - painting chose me. 

I grew up interested in art as I'd sit on my grandmothers floor sketching and tracing animals, and after taking high-level art in high school, I decided I wanted to pursue a major in Fine Art. I did go through with it and studied Studio Art at Clemson University, but after two weeks I decided I wanted to change my major to Business. After my first year, I transferred to College of Charleston hoping to be inspired by the lovely Architecture and History. There, I graduated with a degree in Finance in 2019. 

A few months post-graduate, I was commissioned to paint a portrait of a dog for a Napa Valley winery. This simple painting was the jumpstart to my painting career as I received more commissions from viewers of the Winery dog commission in CA within just a few months. People were wanting more. 

Dog portrait and Landscape commissions have built the start of my career in painting over the past 2 years, however it is evolving into much more.

 

I have decided to dedicate my current artwork to raising awareness for wildlife conservation in Africa. My current collection 'Inside Africa: Wildlife Conservation & Anti-Poaching' is dedicated to the poaching crisis, specifically of rhinos and elephants. I combine both journalism and art to share stories and raise awareness of these complex issues.

- Sterling Crawford

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"PAINTING
CHOSE
ME"

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