With Love and Gratitude: The Encaustic Art of Nancy Joan Crawford


Internationally acclaimed encaustic painter Nancy Crawford was a life-long artist and a teacher in the Langley School District for 30 years. She had an uncanny knack for keeping both of those elements in play, with each supporting the other. Nancy earned her masters degree from the University of British Columbia, and also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. While studying in Italy, Nancy focused on the drawing techniques of the Italian masters and Renaissance art history. After living in Italy, she found herself permanently smitten with Italian culture and was captivated by the history and connections with the ancient world, the intimate landscape, the intoxicating tastes and the powerful artistic expressions.

Nancy constantly reinvented herself as an artist, moving from painting and drawing to photography, collage and calligraphy; then finally bringing it all together in her encaustic painting, which is painting with molten wax while incorporating other media. Nancy became a leading figure in this medium and her workshops, both locally and abroad, sold out quickly with long waiting lists. Her work has been featured in galleries in Canada, the US and Australia. Nancy passed away in September of 2018.

Nancy’s encaustic work will be on display at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd. in Fort Langley from May 1st to May 26th. There will be an opening reception on May 3rd from 7 to 9pm. Nancy’s sister Cindy Wilkers (also an artist who works in encaustic) will give an artist talk on Nancy’s work, May 23, 7-9pm. There will be a closing reception in conjunction with the gallery’s 4th Friday art events on May 24th.

Profits from sales of Nancy’s work will go toward the Nancy Crawford Memorial Scholarship fund to benefit an exceptional graduate of the visual art program at the Langley Fine Arts School.

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5pm
The Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Road, Fort Langley