H.L. Crawford

h.l. crawford visual artist at mountain music festival pigment sanctuary team

Harrison Crawford visualizes the abstract fantastical world of deities and divinities and solidifies them on the canvas for their audience. Visually they are well known for their juxtaposition of the saccharine and satanic, personifying the invisible forces that guide human nature. In the same way, they work with ideas, pulling possibilities from a place of fantasy and employing an almost magical ability to create space for those ideas to be discussed and made practical. Seeking to be more than just the renderings on the canvas, they are beginning to facilitate an environment that is culturally and imaginatively intoxicating.

With few positive examples of success in their own life; growing up between Disneyworld and the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida, these provided the clearest picture of how to make one’s name and find a way out, and evidence of these influences can be seen in their art. They began drawing at the age of 4, with Disney characters they saw on their screen and their untold hours spent at the park. Seeing these fantasies made reality kindled a lifelong flame.

Real-life got in the way with careers taking time away from passion but art always incorporated itself into their life, whether it was sand mandalas with Buddhist monks (subduing your demons through the practice of a craft/art as medicine), or slowly working on passion paintings while pursuing their culinary career.
Eventually, with their career as a chef feeling less fulfilling, they came upon some artist communities in Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding areas. They saw people turning fantasy into reality and saw how it was possible to dedicate themself to their passion and they found and made a place for themselves there for around 6 years. This adventure brought them from Pre Schools to festivals, concert halls to grand assemblies, and eventually the West Coast at the end of 2018 until 2021 when they came to the Appalachian mountains.

Deeply dedicated to art, civically and technically, they sought tutorship from masters like Prof. Phillip Robinson and Mantra Cora, specializing in the Mische technique, as well as great artist citizens like those of the Riff Raff Collective. Helping to create a new world with all they were capable of in Princeton, West Virginia, they hope to continue to grow both exponentially and magnificently with new mediums, moments, and artners.

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