About the Artist - Jiselle Crawford
When I was a child I knew what I wanted to do as a career, and that was to be a wizard (followed closely by my second choice of being a mermaid). When I realized these weren’t viable career options I was forced to look into other possible paths for me to follow. When a local artist came to my library and did a demonstration, he was able to create something from nothing on the page, like magic. It was then that I knew, if I couldn’t be a wizard then being an artist was the next best thing.
Today I find inspiration in the magic and fantasy that led me to art as a child. I find imagining and designing adorable monsters and fantasy creatures bring about my greatest enjoyment in my artistic endeavors. Walking the line between cute and creepy, I am drawn to design work that brings with it a sense of fairytale and enchantment, and whose designs tell a story of a wider world of magic that lingers upon the edges of our own.
I came to Portland, Oregon to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art and graduated with a BA in Fine Art in December 2013. In my free time, that I don't use for making art, I love to sing and dance. I also attend various comic and pop culture conventions along the west coast and occasionally make costumes and props to wear to these conventions