Palm Coast, Fla.
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Sheila Crawford has been a professional artist in competition since 1981 and is a retired art instructor who taught drawing, painting and sculpture at Flagler-Palm Coast High School. For almost 20 years, she was a painter who specialized in a style she described as photo-realistic collage, or a surrealistic style, using acrylics and an airbrush to execute the paintings. Today she is applying that style to digital photography.
Each of her digital photo collage or surrealistic-styled photographs starts as a traditional photographic image. She scans her photos and 3-D objects, then uses her many years as a painter to work out the composition, using thumbnail sketches to create a visually interesting composition.
Crawford received a bachelor’s degree in education from Bethune-Cookman University. She has participated in many individual and group exhibitions, and her works are displayed at several museums and colleges.
Her mission as a digital photographer is to create images that are a visual spiritual journey beyond the boundaries of traditional photography.