Crystal Beshara

Tango, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm)


Crystal Beshara (BFA, FOWS, SBA) is a Canadian contemporary realist painter and  two-time winner of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation prize. Beshara became the youngest elected Fellow of The Ottawa Watercolour Society at the age of 23. She is an elected member of the esteemed, National Guild of Realism and holds a Botanical Illustration diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists (UK).  

Beshara's work has been featured widely, including in Canadian House & Home, Modern Family Magazine, Montreal Review of Books, the Ottawa Citizen, and The Quill & Quire. Beshara is the primary sketch artist for the award winning Canadian television series Hard Rock Medical and has illustrated four published children’s books. She has been a regular guest art instructor on Rogers Daytime television, appeared on CBC Television, CBC Radio All in a Day, CTV news, and on CTV Regional Contact. Beshara also offers painting workshops abroad in Sante Fe, France, England and Mexico, as well as locally in her home art studios. 

Artist Statement

From the first rays of light to the first of the spring bouquets, from rugged coastlines to rugged beasts; Crystal Beshara’s exhibition “To the Waters and The Wild” showcases her diverse interests and signature handling of both oil and watercolour. Blending realism and expressionism, her oils range from the ethereal to impasto and her translucent watercolour paintings illustrate an immediacy and energetic response to her subject matter.

You can read more about Crystal Beshara on her website.