Artist Bio Chrystal Hardt is a native North Carolinian with many years of experience exploring the world through visual media. Her first solo show was in Hillsborough in 1991 and she continues to show regularly throughout the Triangle. Early memories include guiding the horse and slide through the fields and the magic of receiving a pony and later two horses for Christmas. Their energy and beauty still animate her paintings. Her painting journey began In 1985 after a trip to Europe when friends suggested painting travel photos. After two external images internal images soon began to pour forth. Classes at UNCG gave formal training and knowledge of art history to compliment the journey. This has been a process of discovery and spiritual awakening. One of the latest undertakings is the creation of a mural for the Kirby Cultural Arts Center entitled, “Dancing on the Roof”, which depicts people of many backgrounds dancing as one in the circle dance of life.
Artists Statement My paintings are about the interplay of energy, emotion and movement. They have many inspirations. I strive to create images that work on an abstract level focusing on good color relationships, interesting shapes, contrast between light and dark, and a balance between emotion and mystery.